Wednesday 23 October 2019

Greenway to Greenore

Cllr Antoin Watters
Cllr Antoin Watters

Olivia Ryan

The popular Carlingford-Omeath Greenway could be extended to Greenore, after Louth County Council committed to carrying out a feasibility study for a new section to the route, the Argus has learned.

Following last week's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) meeting between Louth County Council (LCC) and Newry, Mourne and Down Council, it was agreed that Chief Executive Joan Martin will initiate a feasibility study for the Greenway to be extended from Carlingford to Greenore.

Cllr Antoin Watters welcomed the news, saying 'This will link the Greenway up to the new ferry service. The existing Greenway from Omeath to Carlingford has been a huge success and the benefits for local tourism and the promotion of health and well-being is immense.'

'To date over 53,000 people have used the Greenway and this news is a welcome boost to increase foot fall and will hopefully boost numbers for the new ferry service.'

The latest development is a further progression for the Greenway which was first constructed by Louth County Council in 2013. The trail was developed along the disused railway line against the majestic backdrop of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains and promotes a more sustainable mobility pattern and significantly enhances the trail network in this part of Ireland.

It has been extremely popular with the public ever since it opened, with over 53,000 Greenway users in 2016, of which up to 25% are cyclists.

The recently constructed walk and cycleway is part of an overall Great Eastern Greenway that will result in high quality off-road cycle and walking route along the East Coast.

Along with partners in Newry, Mourne and Down, District Council and East Border Region, Louth County Council are also involved in the current development of a cross-border Greenway from the centre of Newry to Omeath and improving the Greenway into Carlingford. This Carlingford Lough Greenway Project has recently secured EU Interreg funding and should be completed by 2019.

The Argus