There are many great reasons to catch ferries from Holyhead to Dublin
, but this month provides some particularly good ones.
While Belfast is marking events surrounding a ship built there and sunk far away, the Republic's capital is celebrating the works of one of its most famous authors, James Joyce.
The 'Dublin: One City, One Book' festival is an annual event in April, with everyone encouraged to read a particular book.
And this year that tome is The Dubliners, a work that portrays much of the character and lifestyle of those living in the city in Joyce's time.
Naturally enough, there is a wide range of Joyce-related events taking place across the city this month and while some of these have come and gone, others are still to take place.
For instance, on April 25th there is a Joycean tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. Located in the Hibernian necropolis, it features in many Joyce books, such as the Hades chapter in Ulysses, through to his own parents' grave. The visit includes a trip to the Glasnevin Museum.
And on the 27th, there is a self-guided auto walk, which involves trekking around the streets of the city and being introduced to the various places associated with different characters and events in The Dubliners.
With these and many other activities taking place, the month is offering a literary feast.
And for culture vultures, that is just the start of the fun to be had in a city that might be famous for Guinness (and who can resist a visit to the St James's brewery?), but has so much more about it.
Indeed, Dublin is a Unesco city of literature, only the fourth to gain such an accolade.
Literary giants from Dublin down the years have included great past writers like Jonathan Swift, Cardinal Newman and Oscar Wilde, to modern day Booker Prize winners such as Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.