Ferry across Carlingford Lough from Greenore to Greencastle to open by end of June
A new ferry service linking Greenore in Co Louth and Greencastle in Co Down will be up and running this summer.
Paul O’Sullivan of Carlingford Lough Ferries told The Belfast Telegraph he expects the service to commence by the end of June.
The Greenore-Greencastle crossing across Carlingford Lough is just 1.1 miles by sea and would take just 15 minutes and cuts out a 33-mile car journey of often more than an hour.
It is expected around 25 direct and 300 indirect jobs will be created by the new service, which should also boost the level of tourism in the region.
An economic impact assessment conducted ahead of the planning application submission indicated that the ferry service could create around €10m (£8.5m) of additional annual spend in the region and would open up tourism and economic links between Louth and Down.
The service will run from 7am to 9.30pm during the summer months, and from 7am to 7pm from October to March.
Fares for the crossings have yet to be determined although multi-trip tickets will be available for regular users.
The new service was given the go ahead in March 2014 and was due to open last Easter but was held up due to a series of legal challenges, the latest of which was dismissed by the High Court in Belfast last November.