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Queen Mary II is in town and she's bringing €500k with her

One of the largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger liners in history will be docked in Dún Laoghaire until 6pm.

ONE OF THE largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger liners in the world, the RMS Queen Mary II, has docked in Dún Laoghaire.

The ship, with over 3,000 passengers and 1,250 crew on board, is expected to deliver around €500,000 to the economy today.

Fourteen more ocean liners of various sizes will also visit Dún Laoghaire harbour this year, which in total, could bring in around €3 million to the Irish economy.

The ship will remain moored off the harbour until around 6pm this evening.

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, said although it’s great news for the economy, we could be doing more to attract similar cruise liners:

Ireland has recently begun to capitalise on cruise liner market and over the last few years has succeeded in attracting a growing number of visits by cruise liners.  However, the number of trips to Ireland represents a very small share of this potential market and the opportunity exists to grow this business to the Irish economy very significantly.

(All images above by Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

(Image by Robin Blandford/ reader)

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