You won’t be the first Irish to cross the sea from England to seek a fortune but will be the first on Irish Ferries across La Manche.
From the Flight of the Earls from Donegal to France.
To Napoleon sending his troops to help one of those ill-fated Irish rebellions.
The Wine Geese
And the Wine Geese, the Irish wine manufacturers who made their millions in France.
And the next time you’re cradling a glass of Hennessy then toast Corkonian Richard Hennessy who conquered the French and global market.
Irish men of letters too were drawn to France with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett domiciling there.
Men of letters
With Beckett’s signature play Waiting For Godot originally written in French as En Attendant Godot.
While WB Yeats spent many un jour in France most notably at his muse Maud Gonne’s chateau.
And spent his final days in the Hôtel Idéal Sejour in Roquebrune Cap Martin on the French Riviera.
Where we’re told his wife George AND his mistress Edith Shackleton Heald are said to have took turns at his bedside.
Ooh-la-la. It’s the French way.
And so when we learned that Irish Ferries would be sailing across the English Channel we hoped WB Yeats would be taking the journey again.
WB Yeats being the pride of the Irish Ferries fleet, its most recent acquisition which they invited their passengers to name.
And which I’m still smarting about not winning my lifetime of free journeys with my suggestion WB Yachts.
Fear not though you will be sailing on the newly refurbished Isle of Inishmore.
Fares are from £69 one way for a car and up to nine passengers, with up to ten sailings daily.
Channeling my inner mariner
As impressive a feat of engineering ingenuity as The Channel Tunnel is tunnels have their place.
And it’s romantic to consider that we are sailing too in the ripples of all these great Irishmen and others.
I’ll maybe leave out that the last time I sailed La Manche I couldn’t keep my baguette down.
But that was more down to overindulging on Belgian beer.
So here’s to Irish Ferries across La Manche.
MEET YOU ON THE SEAS