Speaking in Ballyvaughan, following the pre-trial launch of the Bay hop fast ferry service from Ballyvaughan to Galway Clare T.D and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen said that “if the trial period proves successful it would bolster the prospects of establishing a commuter service from Ballyvaughan to Galway on a sustainable basis.”
“This innovative idea is the brainchild of the Ballyvaughan Community whose aim is to improve access into North Clare for the many tourists who visit annually and to facilitate an alternative to the car or bus for people living in the area. I was delighted to attend the pre-trial launch today when I had the opportunity to experience what travellers can expect on their journey and enjoyed a ferry trip on the bay with Liam O’Brien at the helm.
This is an innovative idea and the service will operate from the 2nd to 13th September twice daily from the new pier in Ballyvaughan to the Galway Docks. Liam O’Brien of OBrien Line will be operating the service in a 12-passenger hard cabin rib and the journey time from Ballyvaughan is only 25 minutes.
The beauty of this service is that as well as being able to leave the car at home, travellers will be able to take in the many scenic views along the North Clare coast on their journey.
Congratulations are due to Gwen Ryan, Liam O’Brien and the Community in Ballyvaughan for pursuing this project. If this trial period proves successful then a regular commuter service from Ballyvaughan to Galway could be established on a sustainable basis which would be very good news.”