Members of the Irish Naval Association will visit the UK in September for a long weekend. Friday 9th to Monday 12th
We board our 49 seat luxury coach at 0745hrs at the O2 arena. 17 other members are flying and will join us in London. The final numbers for our trip is 62 and it is hoped 50 will be well enough to march to the Cennatoph in Whitehall.

Our coach has the following

  • 49 seats
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Tv with DVD player
  • English/Irish Speaking Driver and Guide
There is a long term car park at the Ship at €9 per 24 hours.

We depart Dublin Port at 0845 for Holyhead on the Swift Fast Ferry and should arrive 1045hrs.

On arrival in Holyhead we head to Liverpool central and stay overnight at the Liner Hotel. This Hotel should make us feel at home as it is based on a classic cruise ship.
Full English Breakfast is included.

Liner Hotel

Based on a classic cruise ship, The Liner offers nautical decor and cabin-style rooms with marble bathrooms. Liverpool Lime Street Station is just 2 minutes’ walk away.
With an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi, each modern cabin includes luxury toiletries in the bathroom. Cabins also feature tea/coffee facilities, a hairdryer, and a mini bar.
The Liner is located in the heart of Liverpool’s centre, and provides free parking for guests. The O2 Academy is just a 2-minute walk, while St John’s Shopping Centre is 5 minutes’ walk away.
The Seven Seas Brasserie serves a range of menus and traditional cuisine, overlooked by a huge indoor fish tank. The Atlantic Room offers an extensive breakfast buffet, with free newspapers and unlimited tea and coffee.
The stylish Castaway Bar provides a range of drinks and a bar menu, along with 4 flat-screen TVs showing live sports.

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On Friday night we will be the guests of the Wirral Branch of the Royal Naval Association and an opportunity to re-establish the great relationship we enjoyed for many years. They plan to lay on some entertainment and some light refreshments, so a good evening is in store as in previous years when we lasted visited.

On Saturday morning we head for London for our Saturday and Sunday nights stay at the Hilton Hotel in Paddington.

Again full English Breakfast is included.

Hilton Hotel Paddington


Connected by footbridge to Paddington Station, the smart Hilton London Paddington hotel is just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Unwind in the gym before enjoying a meal at The Brasserie. Do business in the Executive Lounge and enjoy wireless internet access throughout.

The Hilton London Paddington hotel has 18 meeting rooms for 2-350, a business centre and wireless internet access throughout. From Hilton Rooms up, all Hilton London Paddington hotel rooms offer wireless internet access. Book an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access.

Head to Oxford Street and the West End, just 10 minutes away. See Buckingham Palace and stroll through nearby Hyde Park.

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On Sunday we participate with the Royal Naval Association in the following ceremony

Please see dress code for the parade as illustrated.

  • 0930... Parking for coaches and minibuses in Whitehall Place (Car pass required)
  • 0930... Civil Service Club opens for coffee and toilets (80 metres from parking)
  • 1000... Vehicles to be parked, Whitehall Place closes.
  • 1015... Parade musters
  • 1035... Parade steps off
  • 1100... Service starts, 2 minute silence
  • 1102... Service at Cenotaph led by the Chaplain of the Fleet
  • 1115... Wreaths laid
  • 1120... Medals presented by first Sea Lord (if needed)
  • 1125... Parade steps off, review by First Sea Lord
  • 1140... Parade dismissed in Whitehall Place
  • 1141... Scrum for standard bearers tots
  • 1142... Bar opens in Civil Service Club, all ranks finger buffet. 1SL meets Shipmates. Please join us.
  • 1200... Loyal toast, tot provided by Pussers Rum.

Parking will be restricted in Whitehall Place and we will need drivers name and registration. So it is worth starting to plan transport arrangements now. The lead for this at present is Phil Shuttleworth (on the cc line), or nigel if he is away.

The RNA parade commander is the National Ceremonial Advisor, Shipmate Mick Keiran.

On Monday we have a leisurely trip back to Holyhead as the Swift fast Ferry does not depart until 1715hrs and arrives Dublin 1915hrs.

If you would like anymore details drop me an email or telephone 087 9873884

Terry Cummins
National PRO
Irish Naval Association