The Victorian Railway village of Greenore
Greenore is a delightful stopover, situated on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough, it offers spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains to the north, and Slieve Foye to the west. The entire village is an "Architectural Conservation Area" which contains a range of Victorian residential and Industrial buildings
Its picturesque charm is a great testament to the quality of work of the London and West Railway Company (L&NWR) who built it all those years ago to house the port and railway workers (the railway terminal and ferry port was officially opened in 1873). It is reputed to be the only completely planned village in Ireland and at the time of design was considered state of the art. The village consisted of a railway station built inside a magnificant Hotel on a quayside with luxury passenger liners sailing regularly for Holyhead in Wales. A first class passenger could leave Euston Station in London at 8:45pm and arrive in Belfast at 9:52am including a four hour voyage from Holyhead to Greenore..
Two streets of houses were built, Euston St and Anglesey Tce to house the employees of the railway. forming a completely self contained village which included: Schoolhouse, Police Barracks, Wooden Bungalows, Coast Guards, Beach Cafe, Greenore Lighthouse, Greenore Hotel and Greenore Golf Club.
The railway closed in 1951 with the ferry services soon after. The rail service was replaced by bus services to Dundalk and Newry.
Greenore Village provides the access to Greenore Golf Club and is a very popular summer shore fishing destination when the Mackerel shoals are biting.
Greenore Co-op and the Greenore Historical Society have been involved in the meticulous construction of a miniature railway depicting parts of the old Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway (DN&GR) using the Co-Op building as the exhibition centre. The Greenore Co-Op also houses the Railway & Maritime Museum which is worth a visit for all with an interest in the "Age of Steam". There are lots of old photographs on display and a video presentation on the history of the railway and port.
The Greenore miniature railway can be viewed when the Co-Op shop and Tea Rooms are open. Walking tours of Greenore are also available.
Greenore Railway & Maritime Museum
Tel: +353 (0) 42 93 73822
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