We are Ireland’s leading shipping, transport and leisure group

Our Group at a glance

Our business model

Irish Continental Group plc is a focused provider of maritime passenger and freight services with its principal operations in North West Europe. The Group operates through two divisions.

Our offering

Irish Continental Group is a customer-focused business with a pivotal position in the logistic chain facilitating Ireland’s international trade and tourism.


Seamless connection

Strategic short sea RoRo routes operated by Irish Ferries providing a seamless connection from Ireland to the UK and Continental motorway network for the 287,500 RoRo units carried in 2017.

Reliability and integrity

Reliability underpinned by investment in maintaining quality assets ensuring we meet our customer expectations, achieving 92% schedule integrity on our RoRo services in 2017.

Strategic locations

Strategically located container terminals which handled 296,800 container units during 2017 in Ireland’s main ports of Dublin and Belfast for shipping operators providing services to key continental hub ports and onwards access to global markets.

Connected throughout Europe

Connected container shipping services provided by Eucon, transporting 321,400 teu in 2017 between Ireland and 20 countries throughout Europe by sea, road, rail and barge.


24/7 booking/tracking systems

Always on, always in touch our shipping and terminal services operate 24/7, assisted by investment in modern booking and tracking systems to ensure our customers can keep in touch over a variety of platforms.

Fast and direct service

Fastest crossing on the Irish sea on board the Irish Ferries Jonathan Swift fastcraft service with a sailing time of under 2 hours between Dublin and Holyhead at speeds of up to 80 kph.

Key tourism contributor

Key contributor to regional tourism in Ireland, Irish Ferries carried 1.6 million passengers and 424,000 cars during 2017 with research indicating that car tourists stay longer and
travel outside the main urban centres.

Quality on-board experience

High standard on-board experience enjoyed by our Irish Ferries customers
encompasses quality food, beverage, entertainment and accommodation services. Passengers are never out of touch with free satellite wi-fi services.


Our strategy

There are two principal elements to the Group’s strategy for delivering value to shareholders:

OUR MISSION

Investment in quality assets in order to achieve economies of scale consistent with a superior customer service.

Benchmarking costs to industry best practice to enable the Group to compete vigorously in its chosen markets.

A day in the life

The video below gives an insight into a day in the life in ICG.