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The port of Cherbourg has been illuminated in green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day as well as the recent surge in the port’s freight traffic from Ireland.

According to, no less than 18,000 trucks passed through Cherbourg in the first two months of 2021. That compares to 5,400 over the same period last year. To mark this huge upturn in traffic from Ireland, as well as St Patrick’s Day, two of the port’s buildings will be illuminated in green until the end of Friday.

A representative of the port said yesterday that the figures stressed the importance of France’s trade relations with Ireland:

The publication of these very good figures is also an opportunity for Ports of Normandy to highlight the importance of trade relations with the Irish, illuminating for the 3 e consecutive year two symbolic buildings of the port to the famous green!

To meet the strong demand for direct ferries between Ireland and France since January 1st, the likes of Irish ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries have all introduced extra services between the two countries.

The Port of Cherbourg is currently linked to Ireland via services to Dublin and Rosslare. You can find more information on Ireland-France ferries here.

Photo credit: Tourism Ireland


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