Brittany Ferries announced a new route into northern Spain.
Starting at the end of April, the service will link Cork and Santander, making two return-sailings a week. The move will be the first time there has ever been a ferry service linking Ireland and Spain.
A new ship will be chartered to serve the route to Spain, and to deliver an additional weekly return-sailing from Cork to Roscoff.To be called Connemara, she will follow the successful économie model that the company has established on services from the UK to France & Spain.
She will carry around 500 passengers with space for 195 cars and hosts 2,225 lane metres of garage space. Brittany Ferries expects a fifty-fifty split between passengers and freight carried.