Irish Ferries, one of only two companies (the other is Stena) which allow people to escape from Ireland without flying, is building a new RORO megaferry [bloboprev of hazards of the RORO model] to cope with the traffic. Perhaps foolishly - do they think the Irish have a smaller capacity for irony than our neighbours? - they are inviting The Public to help them name the new boat.
Ulysses, Wilde, Swift. We’ve got some of Ireland’s biggest literary names in our fleet. Now is your chance to become part of a great tradition, and help us find an Irish literary inspired name for our new ship. Be in with a chance to Win Free Travel for life with us. And 20 other great prizes too!
- Isle of Inishmore - one of the Aran Islands; replaced Isle of Inishturk 20 years ago: that leaves Tory Island or the Saltees.
- Ulysses - a book by James Joyce, true, but also a wily and murderous fellow from Ithaca who spend an interminable time getting to his destination. What next MV [Waiting for] Godot
- Oscar Wilde - another bloke, albeit one now ticking the gay inclusion box.
- Jonathan Swift - another bloke! this is admittedly quite clever because the J.Swift is their high-speed half-the-crossing-time catamaran. But you could hardly pick a grumpier, more sardonic or misanthropic bloke from the Irish literary pantheon.
If the Venn diagram intersection of Literary & Irish & Women & Dead is a bit thin, let's dump the literary. STEM needs crack at being honoured in the boat-naming business, after all. So here's my submission:
MV Maude Delap
My submitted reason: You've done mythic men, gay men, grumpy men and enough Arts Block. Time for STEM! MD was a great woman in science, at home on the sea too! http://url.ie/11xbl. The link cites The 2013 Blob on this great, forgotten, autodidactic marine biologist who worked the foreshore of Valentia Island and the seas about it. That name suggests a decorating theme of jellyfish in the lounges and bars of the new ferry. Kathleen "Kildare's Own" Lonsdale is better know but has no maritime connexion.
Please feel free to have a punt and row in behind this one:
it will get a profile for Irish Women in Science.