The first P&O Cruise ship to visit Killybegs, the 30,000 ton MV "Adonia", set sail this evening as a lone piper played on the pier to mark her departure

The vessel arrived in port this morning (June 17) with about 700 passengers on board.

The master of the ship, Captain David Box, called in at the Killybegs Information Centre and presented a commemorative plaque to Manager, Anne Dorrian, and the team.

In return, he was presented with an engraved Donegal Pen to mark his visit.

The Visitor Centre and the Harbour were bedecked with a set of new tear-drop flags, sponsored by Donegal County Council, and bearing the slogan "Welcome to Killybegs".

Several of the passengers took the Hidden Gems On The Edge tour to Sliabh Liag and Kilcar.

Other attractions enjoyed by the visitors included a day-long craft fair in the Bay View Hotel, a new visitor shop in Anvil Court, and the Killybegs International Carpet Making and Fishing Centre.

When the ship departed at 10pm, a lone piper played on the pier.

The "Adonia" is the fifth cruise ship to visit Killybegs this year.  On Friday, June 26, the largest cruise ship ever to visit the port, the MV "Oriana", is due in port with 1,800 passengers.

Already, ten cruise ships are confirmed to visit Killybegs in the 2016 season.  See www.killybegs.ie for more details.

Photo: Anne Dorrian, Manager of Killybegs Information Centre (left), with Captain David Box, master of
the P&O cruise ship "Adonia", with his wife, Janette, and County Councillor, Niamh Kennedy.

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