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Historic Dublin ferry makes new waves after 35 years

Friday, 1st February, 2019 1:00pm
Historic Dublin ferry makes new waves after 35 years

Richie Saunders, of Ringsend, one of the original crew. back driving Dublin’s historic No.11 Liffey Ferry.

Historic Dublin ferry makes new waves after 35 years

Richie Saunders, of Ringsend, one of the original crew. back driving Dublin’s historic No.11 Liffey Ferry.

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THE Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, was the guest of honour at a ceremony last week to mark the return of the much-loved No 11 Liffey Ferry.

Following a complete restoration in a joint project by Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council, the historic ferry officially returned to the capital’s waters after a 35-year absence.

The service had been vital in linking the North docks and South docks communities at a time when the nearest river crossing was Butt Bridge. However, it was decommissioned in 1984 following the completion of the East Link Bridge. 

But now the No 11 is set to become a familiar sight once again in the heart of Dublin as she taxis passen-gers between three points - the 3Arena to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to MV Cill Airne at North Wall Quay and back. The service will commence on Monday, February 11 and run from Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, said: “The Liffey Ferry is part of Dublin’s story and to see the No 11 back on the river after all this time is fantastic. It is testament to those who had the foresight to preserve this important piece of history.

“The ferry will be returning to a very different Dublin than the one she left, but I have no doubt that a new generation of Dublin-ers will enjoy this very welcome addition to the city just the same.”

The Lord Mayor added: “I acknowledge Dublin Port for playing its part in securing the return of what was, and I have no doubt will once again be, a much-loved service.

“Dublin City Council and Dublin Port are to be commended for their energy, foresight and commitment to bringing back this iconic piece of Dublin history.” 

On board for her first official trip across the river again will be Richie Saunders, from Ringsend, who worked on the No 11 originally as a coxswain, who was instrumental in preserving the boat in recent years, and who will be back at the helm again to ferry a new generation of passengers north and south of the river. 

The service to cross the Liffey dates back to 1665 when it was given a Royal Charter by King Charles II and went on to last more than 300 years.

The new service will have capacity for 18 people at a time, and commuters across the Docklands making the trip will pay €2 for each three-minute journey point to point – with the vessel equipped to accept both Leap Card and cash fares.  The No 11 was essential transport for workers at the docks and became affectionately known by Dubliners as ‘the dockers’ taxi’.

The No 11 Liffey Ferry aka the ‘dockers’ taxi’ is back in service after 35 years. following a restoration project.

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