All about the Peoples’ Ferry
FAQ’s ~ Links
FAQs about the Campaign
Q - What were you trying to achieve with this website & campaign ?
A - "We aim to restore the Swansea Cork ferry link as a year-round service for passengers and freight, run by a responsive, ethical company, using a modern, safe ship"
"We will do this by :-
a) bringing to the attention of Local & National Government the plight of communities and businesses in Ireland and the UK affected by the suspension of the ferry
b) working with organisations and companies to restore the service
c) raising the profile of the campaign through all media channels
(When we wrote this - back in April 2008, there was a fourth possibility that we never even dreamed of - “Raise €3m by public subscription and buy our own ship!”. In fact - that’s what’s happened.....funny how things turn out!)
Q - What’s all the fuss for - it’s only a boat...?
A - Many individuals and organisations relied heavily on the S****** C*** F**** for their livelihood. Much of the local economy in counties Cork and Kerry is based on tourism - and the suspension of the ferry has made it much more difficult for tourists to access the more far-flung parts of the region. Because it is more difficult - a proportion of them do not come. We feel that action needs to be taken now to restore the service and safeguard local tourism and industry.
Q - What about airports - can’t people just fly there instead...?
A - Yes - there are frequent services to all of the Irish airports - including Cork, Kerry and Shannon. However, if you are a family with young kids, it can be much more convenient (and cheaper!) to pack everything including their favourite teddies into your car and come across on the ferry. Saves on car hire, too.
Q - But I quite like going on holiday to places that aren’t crowded - and I don’t mind driving the extra distances involved. Isn’t the suspension of the ferry a good thing for me?
A - Even when the ferry was running, you could never call Cork & Kerry ‘crowded’. There are miles of glorious coastline, winding country roads and cosy village pubs to explore. However - the tourist economy is a fragile thing - and it relies on a certain number of visitors coming each year. If the numbers drop too far then shops, restaurants and bars close, holiday rental properties are sold, and the economy declines. Vast amounts of Government money have already been invested in promoting tourism in the region - it would be a great shame if that money was wasted because the ferry is allowed to remain closed.
Q - Why’s it been so difficult to get the service running again ?
A - That’s a very good question - and one that we’ve all been asking.
We’ve always believed that ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ - but it was frustration at the apparent lack of activity that brought us to create this website.
There is a worldwide shortage of suitable ferry vessels - but they’re not actually an extinct species!
We hope that your support of this campaign will make it ‘easier’ to get this vital Ferry link restored - regardless of which company actually ends up running it.
Please sign our e-petition today!
Q - Who's behind this website - and what's in it for you ?
A - The idea for this website developed from a series of informal chats between John Hosford (of Hosfords Garden Centre - Clonakilty) and Adrian Brentnall (of Inspired-glass). We felt that, even though 'everybody' agreed that the continuing inaction over the Ferry was a bad thing, 'nobody' seemed to be doing very much about it. We felt that a focus was needed for the strong opinions which surround the issue - and that a website was the obvious way to do this. Adrian runs the website - John is in charge of media coverage and general lobbying.
Q - What's in it for us ? -
A - We'd both like to see tourism and commerce flourish in West Cork, and feel that there has been too much confusion in the months since the ferry was suspended - and it's about time that the people who are directly affected (the businesses and residents of West Cork) had their say. Although this site is 'political', it is certainly not 'Party political' and it is not affiliated with any political flavour.
FAQs about the New Ferry Service - June 2009 / September 2009
Q - What happened between May 2009 and September 2009 - it all went quiet?
A - Nothing sinister in that - and behind the scenes there was an enormous amount of work being put into the legal and business aspects of the deal to purchase the Julia.
One of the vendor’s conditions of our purchasing this fine ship was that negotiations should be completed in a ‘media blackout’ - and so we were unable to keep folks updated on progress.
Now that the deal is done - we have no such restrictions - and we will be reporting progress as we move towards our start-date of March 1st 2010.
Q - What can you tell me about the new ferry service ?
How frequent will the journeys be, when will they sail, how long will they take, and what will they cost...?
A - See the FAQs on the new Fastnet Line website
Q - Who is who? - I’m confused!
A - The Campaign (run by Adrian & John) is aimed at raising awareness of the need for the ferry, running this website, and lobbying for support for the ferry.
The Co-op (or West Cork Tourism Co-op Ltd.) was formed to hold and administer the funds raised by public investment to buy the new ferry. It consists of an elected Board, all of whom are experienced in, and involved with, tourism & business in West Cork.
Fastnet Line Ltd. is the new company that will run the ferry service.
It will be responsible for the day to day operation of the ship, the booking office and the on-board shops, restaurants, etc. Fastnet Line is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Co-op.
Q - Hey - this is all very reassuring..... -
I'm looking forward to the new service starting in March.
Is it still possible to support the project by investing or donating?
A - Certainly - Invest
Q. Can I be notified as soon as booking opens for the new ferry?
A. Online & telephone bookings are now LIVE! - details on www.fastnetline.com
Q - Will you keep me up-to-date with developments?
A - Of course.
If you have already signed our e-petition then we will have your email address and we’ll send you our e-newsletter. Same applies if you completed our User Survey, or if you’ve signed up on the Fastnetline.com site
Q - I have another question - will you answer it for me ?
A - We'll do our best - just email us!