A former Aran Islands ferry is due to be converted into a hotel that will be docked at Custom House Quay on the River Liffey in Dublin.
According to The Journal, the hotel will be based on the national heritage ship PS Naomh Eanna, which has recently been permitted to dock at the Custom House Quay as part of a larger plan to revitalize the Docklands neighborhood of the city.
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The ferry had been used to carry people and supplies from Galway to the Aran Islands and back, but had fallen into disrepair after years of constant usage. It has been berthed in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock since 1989.
Initially, there were plans to scrap the ship because of safety concerns that were found during an examination of the hull. However, through private funding of around $7.7 million (€6.6 million) and extensive restoration efforts, the ship is set to be a 28-bedroom hotel.
The restored ferry will “represent the shipbuilding legacy of the Dublin Port area and will recall her past service to the Aran Islands from Galway,” as the ship’s campaign group said in a statement.
The group is aiming for the project, which will take place in the 250-year-old Ringsend Graving Docks, to take around nine months in total.