€3.46m worth of EU funding has been offered for the development of the ‘Carlingford Lough Greenway’ by The EU’s INTERREG VA Programme.

It will create 10.1 km of new cross-border greenway, linking Newry City to Carlingford. It will also create and implement a promotional marketing campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and cycling for regular everyday commuters.

€3.46M has been offered to link the Greenway from Carlingford to Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
€3.46M has been offered to link the Greenway from Carlingford to Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

At present a greenway is in operation between Carlingford and Omeath and work has virtually finished from the Newry side on the first phase of the Newry to Omeath greenway which takes the path from the Albert Basin to the weir on the Omeath Road. The new Greenway will join the two existing sections of Greenway, one from Carlingford Marina to Omeath village completed in 2013 and the other from Albert Basin in Newry to the aforementioned Weir giving a total length for the Carlingford Lough Greenway of 19.7km, joining Carlingford to Newry City via Omeath.

The Carlingford Lough Greenway project comprises of two phases:

 Phase One - Capital/Construction Phase Construction of 10.1 km of new cross- border Greenway in accordance with prevailing cycling standards.

 Phase Two – Greenway Activity Programme, Promotion & Marketing. A Greenway Activity Programme and Marketing plan that raises awareness of the benefits of walking and cycling for regular everyday commuter journeys which will take place alongside the development of the Greenway.

It's part of an EU package which offers €23.27 million in funding for three new cross-border greenway projects that will open up new sustainable travel routes for both cyclists and pedestrians. The other two projects are the North West Greenways Network, €14.86m, and the Ulster Canal Greenway, €4.95m.

Greenways are corridors of land that are recognised for their ability to connect people and places together. They enhance existing outdoor recreational opportunities and can be used equally by cyclists, walkers and joggers.

The overall objective of the INTERREG VA Programme in supporting the three projects is to increase the number of cross-border journeys made by cycling or walking by up to 10% across the region by 2023.


Match-funding for the projects has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.

Welcoming the funding Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MLA, said: “I recently gave the green light to 1,000km of greenways across the north. I am delighted that three key cross-border routes to link Derry and Strabane to Donegal, Newry to Carlingford and Middletown to Smithboro – which all tie into this network – have secured this offer of EU co-financing. The benefits of developing greenways go well beyond transport. The health, economic, environmental and social impacts help enhance the quality of life for users. This funding demonstrates commitment to further develop sustainable transport options here.”

Welcoming the funding offers Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, said: “I am delighted to hear of the decision of SEUPB to award funding to these greenway projects under the INTERREG VA Programme. These projects will provide valuable cross border corridors for use by both commuter and leisure cyclists and further enhance the level of cross-border co-operation between jurisdictions.

“The delivery of these projects ties in with my Department’s vision for the development of a nationwide network of greenways. Projects such as these bring numerous benefits - including economic, social, health and environmental - to the communities through which they pass or which are linked by them. The potential for these routes to be used by commuters travelling to and from work each day offers an opportunity to reduce dependence on the private car and help reduce carbon emissions. They also offer excellent potential to attract visitors to the areas with positive impacts on local economies.

“The commitment of all parties involved in the planning, development and submission of applications for these projects to SEUPB is admirable. My Department and Donegal, Monaghan and Louth local authorities look forward to working closely with our counterparts in Northern Ireland on the delivery of these projects,” he continued.

Commenting on the funding awards Gina McIntyre CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body, which manages the INTERREG VA Programme, said: “These three distinct, yet interconnected projects, will substantially increase the quality and quantity of greenway offering on both sides of the border. Collectively they will help to deliver upon one of the core objectives of the INTERREG VA Programme in terms of increasing the number of eco-friendly cross-border journeys, made on a daily basis.”

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