We Love the Irish Sea - 10 Interesting Facts
- Over 12 million passengers and 17 million tonnes of traded goods pass between Great Britain and Ireland via the Irish Sea every year.
- The Irish Sea was originally a long, freshwater lake.
- During World War I the Irish Sea became known as 'U-Boat Alley' when the US entered the war in 1917.
- In 1997, a 50 mile long rail tunnel linking Dublin and Holyhead was proposed. It would cost an estimated €20 billion. Other suggestions such as bridges between Scotland and Northern Ireland and Bridge-Tunnel combinations have also been suggested over the years.
- The Irish Sea is also known as the Mann Sea, Manx Sea and Celtic Sea.
- Economically, the Irish Sea is worth approximately £6 billion per year.
- There are 17 active oil and gas drilling platforms in the Irish Sea.
- 742 wind turbines are currently either operational or under construction in the Irish Sea.
- Leatherback turtles visit the Irish Sea every summer.
- The endangered Pink Sea Fan coral is only found in certain areas of the Irish Sea, as well as around a dozen species of whale, dolphin and porpoise that are commonly seen.
09 February 2017