M/V Isle of Inishmore (1)

Official postcard of Leinster in her B&I Line livery.
M/V Leinster. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards)

Leinster was built in 1980 and delivered to B+I Lines in 1981. Leinster was introduced on 3rd July on the Dublin – Liverpool service, before being transferred in 1982 to the Dublin – Holyhead service. Leinster has been designed exclusively for these routes, and has a sister, Connacht, that has been later known as Brittany FerriesDuchesse Anne.

In March 1993, Leinster was renamed Isle of Inishmore (1)Isle of Inishmore (1) has operated Rosslare - Pembroke Deck services from 1993 although her main route remained the Dublin - Holyhead service until the delivery of much larger Isle of Innisfree (2) on this route in 1995.

In October 1995, Isle of Inishmore (1) was berthed in Rosslare at the middle of a severe gale, and owing to the strong winds she collided with the quay. She was hence sent to the Falmouth shipyard to be repaired. Meanwhile, she has been renamed Isle of Inishturk. Once repaired, Isle of Inishturk resumed service on the Rosslare – Pembroke Dock service, before being replaced once again by Isle of Innisfree (2) in 1997.

Laid up in Le Havre, Isle of Inishturk was offered for sale. She was purchased in March 1997 by the Canadian Government, which renamed her Madeleine. Since then, she has been operated by CTMA on a route that links Souris to Cap aux Meules.


Technical Specifications of M/V Isle of Inishmore (1)
M/V Leinster (1981 - 1993)
M/V Isle of Inishmore (1993 - 1996)
M/V Isle of Inishturk (1996 - 1997)
The Ship
Launch 1981
Shipyard  Velrome Cork Dockyards Ltd (IRL)
Owner  B&I Steam Packet Company
Operator B+I Lines (1981 - 1995)
Irish Ferries (1995 - 1997)
Routes Dublin (IRL) - Liverpool (BR) (1981)
Dublin (IRL) - Holyhead (GBR) (1982 - 1993)
Rosslare (IRL) - Pembroke Dock (GBR) (1993 - 1997)
IMO 7915228
Port of Registry Dublin (IRL)
Technical Datas
Length 122.05 m
Breadth 18.83 m
Draught 4.99 m
Gross Tonnage 9,700 GT
Engines specifications
Engines 4 engines MaK type 8M551AK
1 bow thruster KaMeWa 200/AS-CP
Power 18,000 kW
Maximum Speed 20 knots
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 1,500 passengers
Cabins 534 berths
Garage 326 cars

Aboard Accommodations

Aboard Dining and Bar

  • The Islander Bar - Bar ; Deck 05 ;
  • The Kilronan Restaurant - À la carte Restaurant ; Deck 05 ;
  • The Currach - Café ; Deck 05.

Onboard Shopping

  • Allders - Duty Free Shop ; Deck 04.

Passengers Accommodations

  • Indoor and outdoor cabins with a total of 534 berths ;
  • Allocated seats.


  • Cinema;
  • Casino.

See Also