What a sad sight to see Greenore as it stands today. Greenore was the port terminus of the Dundalk Newry & Greenore Railway with lines from Dundalk and Newry converging on the town. The railway was owned by the London & North Western Railway and due to being a cross border railway in 1925/1926 was left out of the amalgamation of railways in the Irish Free State into GSR.
The railway has been described as a piece of the L&NWR transposed into the Cooley peninsula - the DN&GR retaining L&NWR signalling/livery/engines (albeit to Irish gauge) up to closure in 1951 despite the absorption of the L&NWR into the Big 4 in Britain some 30 years previously.
A couple of years ago I was employed as the Financial Accountant of the Council of Ireland of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (for the uninitiated, the SVP is a charitable organisation dedicated to relief of poverty) and one Monday morning my assistant happened to remark to me that she had been in Greenore at the weekend and thought that it looked like an English town.
Funny that, was my response as the town was built by the DN&GR for its employees and remained a railway owned town up until the closure of the railway after which Louth County Council took it in charge. The architectural style is like that of an English village. I didn't see a village green with cricket being played but that is the only omission.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the main point. The road entrance to Greenore port is padlocked - I don't know what level of services leave the port. I was there on Saturday afternoon and the only shop cum post office was closed. The former pub was closed and up for sale. Only the water tower at the railway station remains - all other features including the former railway hotel have been demolished.
A sorry end to this little piece of the L&NWR in Ireland.
As an afterthought, perhaps the two Governments, instead of building a road bridge across Carlingford Lough, would considers a Public Service Obligation funded ferry service from Greenore to a point on the NI side of Carlingford Lough.
Days Hotel Belfast - located in a lovely area of Belfast where the Union Jack flies from every lamppost and the kerbstones are painted blue white and red.
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