Since 2001 and her replacement by Ulysses on the Dublin - Holyhead route, she is allocated to the Rosslare - Pembroke Dock route.
|M/V Isle of Inishmore (2) (1997 onwards)|
|Maiden Voyage||March 1997|
|Shipyard||Van der Giessen-De Noord, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Netherlands|
|Owner||Irish Continental Group|
Dublin (IRL) - Holyhead (GBR) (1997 - 2001)
Rosslare (IRL) - Pembrook Dock (GBR) (2001 - ....)
|Port of Registry||
Dublin, IRL (1997 - 2006)
Limassol, CYP (2006 - ......)
|Engines||4 engines Sulzer 8 ZAL 40S - 8 cylinders|
|Maximum Speed||21.50 knots|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Garage Capacity||856 cars 122 lorries|
|Garage Linear Length||2,060 m|
In the late 90s, Dutch shipyard Van der Giessen-De Noord was commissioned two superferries for Stena Line and Irish Continental Group.
Once launched, Isle of Inishmore (2) was said to be the biggest ferry evert built in Europe and registered in Ireland according to Irish Ferries. Isle of Inishmore (2) replaced Isle of Innisfree on the Dublin - Holyhead route. Thanks to the marketing policy of Irish Ferries about its new ship, the traffic on this route grew quickly and soon Isle of Inishmore (2) appeared to be too small to cope with the traffic. Therefore, Irish Ferries decided in 1999 to replace Isle of Inishmore (2) by a new even bigger ship, Ulysses.
With the delivery of M/V Ulysses in May 2001, Isle of Inishmore was transferred on the Rosslare - Pembroke Dock route, where she replaced again M/V Isle of Innisfree, providing additional capacity on this route.
While Isle of Inishmore was docked in Pembroke Dock, the 30th of July 2008, an oil heater located in her Engine Room took fire with 227 passengers and 89 crew members were waiting to depart for Rosslare. However, the fire was extinguished only with the aboard equipment and only the two next crossings were cancelled.
On 27th September 2011, Isle of Inishmore featured in a British TV program called The One Show. Although the logo of Irish Ferries has been removed on the pictures, the ship was easily recognisable thanks to her shape.