Well it’s that time of year again when the parties are in full swing, the last few presents are being bought and thousands are making their journey home. In Ireland, coming home for Christmas has become a very important tradition in our culture, where we set aside time from our busy lives to travel to our roots and spend quality time with our nearest and dearest for the festive period.
For those travelling by ferry, there is no transport on the 25th and 26th, so the days leading up to the big day are insanely busy. Despite the mayhem, the atmosphere on board is fantastic with Christmas Trees and mince pies aplenty!!
Being a transport and logistics company, I feel that we should pay particular tribute to those who work on the ferries ensuring that people make it home for Christmas. This can be a difficult task with routes being cut short when the ferries finish. Thankfully, Caitriona Butler (Director of Irish Ferries) recently told The Irish Times that no one “is ever left behind at Holyhead – we always manage to get people home” and for that we’re grateful to each and every one of the crew.
For some however, we understand that this year is not so great and that Christmas can be particularly hard, that is why ATC will not be posting Christmas cards this year and instead will be donating the proceeds to the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless this Christmas.
The Capuchin Day Centre is based in Dublin and their main service is providing food to those who are in need. Through donations, the day centre has also been able to offer clothing supplies and clinics to include: dental and chiropody clinics, optical screening, haircut services and much more.
If you wish to make a donation you can do so by clicking here and following the instructions.
Now, all that’s left to say is thank you to all our customers and suppliers for another great year and we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
P.S. One of our highlights this year was making our very own video capturing the journey to data centres from the drivers perspective. Take a look!