The laying of the keel section of the new €144 million cruise ferry being built for Irish Ferries, has taken place at Flensburg Schiffbau Gesellschaft.

The 55,000 tonnes vessel will be delivered next July. She will enter year-round service on the Dublin-Holyhead and Ireland-France routes.

It will be the largest ferry built by the FSG shipyard to date.

A name is currently being chosen by public competition, via the website.