Plans for the new 10 km stretch of Greenway were announced on 16th June 2017 at the launch event in Omeath, Co Louth. The planned stretch will connect Omeath to Newry and Carlingford Marina to Carlingford Village.
The €3.46 million EU funded project is led by Louth County Council, working in collaboration with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and East Border Region Ltd.
The launch was attended by over 100 guests, representing the main funders, public representatives and user groups.
Commenting at the launch the Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr Paul Bell said: “We’re delighted to be working with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and East Border Region on this greenway, which, when completed, will see commuters and tourists alike able to travel from Carlingford to Newry on foot or by bike on a scenic, safe and traffic-free route”.
Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew said: “I wish you well in the construction phase, and I look forward to returning in the future to see the finished Greenway which will greatly enhance our cross border region”.
Welcoming the project Chief Executive Officer of the SEUPB, Gina McIntyre said: “This project represents one of the core objectives of the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme which is to promote environmentally friendly cross-border sustainable mobility”.
As the launch coincided with National Bike Week, pupils from Naomh Scoil Lorcan and Naomh Scoil Brid in Omeath attended on their bicycles to promote the new stretch of Greenway as a safe and traffic-free route.
It was also emphasised at the launch that 1,500 people will take part in the associated cross-border Greenway Activity Programme, which will be developed under the themes of sustainable transport, active travel, healthy living and social cohesion. Businesses that employ significant numbers of cross-border workers, as well as education institutions will be encouraged to promote the use of the Greenway for their commute.