NEWRY TO DUNDALK GREENWAY
“Great Eastern Greenway”
The Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway once hugged the shoreline of Carlingford Lough. In recent years, the value of the old line as a potential active travel trail has developed into the idea of the Great Eastern Greenway stretching from Carlingford and Omeath into Newry.
|Timescale||2026 to 2040|
|Title||Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway|
|Councils||Newry, Mourne and Down District Council|
|Louth County Council|
June 2016: NMDDC applies to Stage 1 of the DfI Small Grants Programme for Greenways competition
November 2016: NMDDC secures DfI £8,000 grant funding for a feasibility study
January 2017: Phase 1 of the Carlingford Lough Greenway completes
August 2017: The ‘Carlingford Lough greenway’ misses cut at DfI Small Grants Programme stage 3
March 2018: Newry-to-Carlingford greenway delayed for months (BBC NI News)
April 2018: Newry to Carlingford greenway to open in time for May Bank Holiday (Armaghi)
July 2018: Carlingford Lough Greenway Officially Opens from Newry to Victoria Lock
Greenway for North County Louth (Louth County Council)
€3.46M for Newry to Carlingford Greenway (Newry.ie)
Details of Carlingford to Newry Greenway Announced (Newry, Mourne and Down District Council)
Carlingford to Omeath Walkway (Visit Carlingford)
Greenway from Blackrock to Dundalk and on to Carlingford receives support from Minister (Talk of the Town)
Plans for multi-mullion euro Carlingford to Newry Greenway to be revealed (Dundalk Democrat)
The Great Eastern Greenway (Visit Louth)
Greenway to Greenore (The Argus / The Independent)
Newry Greenway progressing steadily (Newry.ie)
Exercise Explore Enjoy: A Strategic Plan for Greenways (Department for Infrastructure) PDF 2.8MB
Strategic Plan for Greenways Base Report (AECOM, Sustrans, DfI) PDF 15.7MB
EXPLORE THE HISTORIC ROUTE
GREENWAY PROJECTS WHICH INTERSECT
A 57km route through counties Armagh, Monaghan and Louth linking Armagh City with Keady, Castleblayney and Dundalk.
A 33km intercity route from Armagh to Newry through Markethill and the mile-long Lissummon Tunnel.
BANBRIDGE TO NEWCASTLE GREENWAY
A 35km route along the Great Northern Railway line between Banbridge, Castlewellan and the coastal town of Newcastle.
A former tramway from Bessbrook down the hill and under the Craigmore Viaduct, carrying today’s Belfast to Dublin train, into Newry City.
A 29km towpath along the disused Newry Canal from Portadown through Scarva and Poyntzpass into Newry City.
A potential 14km traffic-free route beside the A2 dual carriageway between Newry and Warrenpoint and the tramway to Rostrevor.
Successful greenway projects are driven by the passion of local people. If you have an update to share, a story to tell about the history of the route or future of the Newry to Dundalk Greenway, or if you want to submit a picture or video to this page, please get in contact.