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Carlingford Lough Car Ferry is set to recommence its service between Greenore and Greencastle next Saturday May 15. 

The service is owned by the Frazer Ferries Group, which also owns the Passage East Ferry, that operates across the River Suir, and Lough Foyle Ferry, a seasonal service across the picturesque Lough Foyle. While their service at Passage East, connecting Ballyhack in Co. Wexford and Passage East, Co. Waterford, remained operational during the lockdown, the cross border nature of the Carlingford Lough Ferry required that the service be suspended throughout both COVID lockdown periods.

The Carlingford Ferry at Greenore. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Carlingford Lough Ferry at Greenore. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

News of the reopening, which was recently posted on social media has been welcomed by the public. Since its launch, the service has introduced a valuable transport link between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for both local communities and commuters and the tourism industry, linking Ireland’s Ancient East with the Mourne Mountain Region in Northern Ireland. 

The Company’s second cross border service, Lough Foyle Ferry, which operates between Greencastle, Co. Donegal and Magilligan Point in Derry London~Derry is expected to reopen in late May. 

Commenting on the reopening, Commercial Director Irene Hamilton commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to be opening our service on Carlingford Lough. Like every business, these periods of lockdown have been incredibly challenging, particularly for newer businesses like the Carlingford Lough service. It was a difficult decision to close the service last March, but we knew that it was important for us to do our part on limiting the movement of cross border traffic during the lockdown period. We would like to thank all of our valued customers for their patience during the closure and we’re looking forward to welcoming passengers back onboard from the 15th of May.”

Summer Cruises

Last Summer, Carlingford Lough Ferry extended its services on Carlingford Lough with the introduction of their passenger only Lough & Lighthouse Cruises, that offered a unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views that surround the lough area. 

A Carlingford Lough Ferry cruise back in 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

This year, a total of twenty six of these cruises are planned for the summer season and  include the introduction of new ‘Meet the Maker’ cruises, a series of new food and drink tasting experiences on the Lough. The outdoor nature of these cruises, combined with the safe social distancing offered by the large deck area, saw all cruises sell out last summer. This year, the Company have extended these cruise services during the summer months to facilitate demand. Further information on these cruises can found on their website.   

The reopening of car ferry service on May 15th will see new operational times for the initial weeks and customers are advised to check the website before travelling at WWW.CARLINGFORDFERRY.COM 

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