The Isle of Inishmore cost £60 million to build and is the largest ship to sail under the Irish flag.
The ferry will sail the Dublin to Holyhead route beginning in February 1997 and will replace the Isle of Inishfree. The Isle of Inishfree will be moved to the Rosslare-Pembroke service. The Isle of Inishmore will have a capacity to carry 2,330 passengers and 856 cars as well as freight.
Tom MacSweeney reports from Rotterdam where the Isle of Inishmore is launched for its maiden voyage. Frank Carey of Irish Ferries talks to Tom MacSweeney talks about the challenges Irish Ferries face and the plans for this new "super ferry".
An RTÉ News report by Tom MacSweeney broadcast on 4 October 1996.