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Ferry on track for 1st June maiden voyage

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

INVITATIONS are dropping through letterboxes of local residents and dignitaries this week for the grand launch of Carlingford Ferry's maiden voyage.

With the terminals speeding towards completion in Greencastle and Greenore, the long-heralded ferry service will launch on 1st June .

The Scenic Carlingford Ferry is a ferry which will carry up to 44 cars on each crossing across Carlingford Lough.

It has been met with controversy from some local residents who have opposed the ferry, despite the plan receiving planning permission from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

This will be the first vehicle ferry across Carlingford Lough as the previous two ferries carried passengers only. The first ferry was recorded over 800 years ago, sailing between the medieval castles at Carlingford and Greencastle and in the 19th century the Greenore Greencastle ferry carried the first "tourists".

Adventure seekers, nature and heritage enthusiasts, golfers and motorcyclists, daytrippers, party-trippers, commuters and tourists will soon be able to enjoy two of the most stunningly beautiful and historic areas of the Republic and Northern Ireland.

The new passage will run every hour, every day of the week from 7am to 9.30pm from Greencastle on the hour and from Greenore on the half hour.

The Scenic Carlingford Ferry takes approximately 15 minutes to cross, and the one mile across water, saves over 30 miles and more than an hour on the road.

The initiative is being privately financed and developed by Frazer Ferries Group at a cost of 8.5m.

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