Fastnet Line, the company which runs the Cork to Swansea ferry route, celebrated the first anniversary of operations on 10 March. The first sailing on the route since 2006 took place on this date in 2010 when the Julia set sail from Swansea to Cork.


The re-establishment of the route has given a boost to tourism on both sides of the Irish Sea, with Fastnet Line exceeding its targets for vehicles and passengers in a highly successful first season. More than 80,000 people travelled on the route between March and December 2010 in a year which saw the importance of access by sea emphasised during the volcanic ash cloud crisis.