The Magilligan-Greencastle car ferry.
The Magilligan-Greencastle car ferry.

The Magilligan to Greencastle Ferry is expected to be back operating this St. Patrick’s weekend.

It’s also hoped that agreement can be reached on getting the Swilly Ferry back in action, and with huge crowds expected in Inishowen it has been confirmed the Moville to Greencastle shore path walk is to open this weekend.

Inishowen Councillor Mickey Doherty said that all these development were to be welcomed in that they were all vital for long term tourism development and, more importantly, job creation.

Speaking with the ‘Journal’ yesterday Colr Doherty said: “I have put a lot of work getting this ferry back on the go. As far as I’m concerned we need this to get our tourism industry up and running.

“I would also pay tribute to Donegal Co. Council’s marine engineer, Brian Cullen for all the work he has put into this project.

He went on: “People in the hotel and leisure industry here can tell you that’s it been tough so anything that gives us an edge in getting tourists here and creating jobs for our young people is to be welcomed.”

The Fine Gael councillor said negotiations in regard to the Lough Swilly ferry were also continuing and he was ‘more than hopeful’ that it too would go ahead.

The Facebook page of Greencastle Regatta posted the news yesterday, quoting from the Inishowen Tourism Newsletter.

“Inishowen Tourism are delighted to announce the recommencement of the Greencastle to Magilligan Ferry Service, the service will begin operating from the 16th of March on weekends until April when a full time table will resume,” the posting stated.

Responses to the news included: “That’s fab...great for the Irish Open and the holiday season”.

Another response read: “Great news for everyone, hope they have a great year!”

When asked about the news yesterday, ferry operator, Jim McClenaghan said he was hopeful the service between Greencastle and Magilligan would run this weekend, from Friday through to Monday, and again, next weekend from 23rd-25th March.

Mr. McClenaghan remained tight-lipped and said he was waiting on clarification from Limavady Borough Council after its meeting tonight.

When asked about the matter, a spokesperson for Limavady Borough Council said: “Discussions have been ongoing and the outcome will be brought before Council for further discussion on Tuesday at the Development Services meeting.”

The Lough Foyle ferry service was suspended last October.