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The well known site CorkBeo has an article today

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/cork-santander-ferry-route-move-17642356

Extracts include:-

The route has only been in operation since May 2018 and was initially set up for a two year "trial period". A spokesperson for the company - which has had a strong connection with Cork for over four decades - told CorkBeo this morning that options are being looked at but "no firm decision has been taken".

Somewhere else it mentions that it probably won't happen until next year !

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Doing a Kerry I like that... it's a bit like doing a Dexy's, you know... "Ay mate you better give yer toes loads an' get after 'im, he's doin' a dexy's with the petty cash la." A bunk, a runner..

I hope that they can schedule some sailings between the strikes.

Gareth, as someone who lives in the hinterland of Rosslare, known over here as the sunny South East, I'd like to point out that there is plenty of beautiful and cultural sites and things to do in this

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21 minutes ago, David Williams said:

Yes, BF will always transport you from somewhere to somewhere else, however not necessarily the places that you were expecting at the time expected.

Reminds me of my profile in the crew list of the Irish Admirals' Cup team a long, long time ago...

"Our beloved navigator.

Essentially used charts to keep food and coffee stains off the chart table. Could fall asleep at the drop of a pair of knickers. Generally got the boat from where it was to where it wanted to go – but not necessarily in the shortest distance or time. Local expert on Solent tides, which generally carried the boar away from its destination, or towards a hazard. By profession a Yacht Broker, which is a form of coastal marine life found in south coast harbours, and generally thought to occupy a position on the evolutionary scale above algae, but below barnacles."

We also had the Biggles of the combine harvester, a non commissioned hit man for Mothercare, the Stitcher, the king of the jewels, the Mad Max of offshore racing and Tom (Mumms the word) name withheld...

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6 minutes ago, Buzzbee said:

Methinks Shar^k isn't dreaming of visiting Rosslare!  Brest? Maybe. Seriously, the chances of BF abandoning Roscoff-Cork are slim.  And Santander-Cork is probably safe until there is clarity on the post-2020 UK-EU trading relationship.  BF is an obvious contender to fill the gap on Rosslare-France left by IF.  But I don't think that it will be at the expense of Cork services, at least not this year. 

I live five minutes from Ringaskiddy and two hours from Rosslare! So the above statement is correct!😂😂

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46 minutes ago, David Williams said:

Yes, BF will always transport you from somewhere to somewhere else, however not necessarily the places that you were expecting at the time expected.

I thought that's what the Irish were used to, with a certain airline.

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The point is that they don’t take bookings with no intention of transporting you on the route booked and at the time booked for.  So they won’t have taken a booking for a Cork sailing if their intention at the time of taking the booking was not to run the sailing.

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3 hours ago, shar^k said:

As someone who has a booking made for Roscoff-Cork on Kerry in May, I’m left wondering whether it will now go ahead into Cork or a different port, or at all?

Surely all these rumours are going to make customers think twice about making a booking, which isn’t going to help matters at all. 

You have nothing to worry about, I'm sure it will still go ahead as scheduled.

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Moving the Spanish port to Bilbao at the same time makes a lot of sense.  The move to Rosslare is clearly aimed at making it a primarily freight-orientated route, and Bilbao is the more freight-orientated of the two Spanish ports.

Assuming the ship still runs once a week to Roscoff, this means the introduction of a Rosslare - Roscoff route too.  So the key question remains, will all Ireland to Roscoff sailings move to Rosslare?

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