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Carlingford Lough car ferry could bring €10m boost

A CROSS-border car ferry linking Down and Louth could provide a €10m a year boost for the counties, a study has predicted.

The service, from Greencastle in the North across Carlingford Lough to Greenore in the Republic, would create 24 direct jobs and 300 additional jobs in the wider area, according to consultants.

The research was commissioned by the private-sector backers behind the €8m project.

The route, close to the mouth of the lough, could be operating before the planned Narrow Water bridge is opened.

The Carlingford Ferries consortium behind the project is made up of three families from Limerick and Clare with previous experience in the car ferry industry in the Shannon region.

Complementing the bridge, the investors believe it would create a circular tourism route between the Mourne region and the Cooley Peninsula.

The developers also commissioned an environmental impact assessment and engaged with local communities.

They hope to submit proposals to the planning authorities with the aim of getting the service running within 12 months.

Article written by David Young, Irish Independent

link: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/crossborder-car-ferry-could-bring-10m-boost-3337258.html

Greenore to Greencastle Car Ferry plans


New Cycle Path and Walkway for Carlingford & Omeath

PLANS TO LINK CARLINGFORD AND OMEATH
€687,000 funding for north Louth cycle path

Article by Margaret Roddy from the Argus Newspaper Link here

Cyclists on CyclewayLOUTH COUNTY Council’s ambitious plans for a cyclepath linking Carlingford and Omeath are on the right track following the announcement of €687,000 funding for the project.

The money will be used to develop a 6.2km Green Way along an old railway line between Griers Quay, Omeath and Carlingford.

‘There is future potential for this cycleway to form part of a 32km route from Dundalk to Carlingford and on to Newry’ said Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, Minister for State New Era, adding that he is actively pressing for a united cycle way throughout Louth to replicate the success of the Great Western Green Way in Mayo. ’This would help to unlock the transport and tourism potential in the county that cycling has to offer.’

The cyclepath will run along the route of the old railway line between Carlingford and Griers Quay providing cyclists and walkers with a safe track offering spectacular views along the scenic coast of Carlingford Lough.

The news has been widely welcomed as a tremendous boost to tourism in the area. “It’s going to open up one of the most scenic parts of the Cooley Peninsula to everybody” says Kevin Woods, who as chairman of the Louth Economic Forum was one of those who advocated the proposal from an early stage. He explained that the local authority agreed to facilitate the provision of the cycle path along the route of the old railway line in tandem with the installation of a new water main to Omeath.





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