|Tonnage of goods handled by main Irish ports, Quarter 4 and Year 2018-2019|
|Quarter 4 (main Irish ports)||Annual (all Irish ports)|
|Category of goods||2018||2019||% Change||2018||2019||% Change|
|Break bulk & other goods||242||250||3.3%||1,496||1,680||12.3%|
Irish ports handled 53.2 million tonnes of goods in 2019. This represented a decrease of 3.4% compared with 2018. Goods forwarded from Irish ports amounted to 17.8 million tonnes in 2019, while a total of 35.4 million tonnes of goods were received. See table 2A.
More than 2.6 million passengers passed through Irish ports in 2019. Dublin – Holyhead was the most popular route with a total of 1.7 million passengers.
Cruise ships visited 8 Irish ports in 2019. Dublin and Cork ports accounted for the vast majority of cruise passengers with 53.0% and 39.1% respectively disembarking at these ports. The two ports combined accounted for 81.9% of the total of 315 cruise ships that visited Ireland last year See table 7.
The results also show that: