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An Grianfort
Old lighthouse, Greenore harbour
Old lighthouse, Greenore harbour
Greenore is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°01′59″N 6°07′59″W / 54.033°N 6.133°W / 54.033; -6.133Coordinates: 54°01′59″N 6°07′59″W / 54.033°N 6.133°W / 54.033; -6.133
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
Dáil Éireann Louth

Greenore (Irish: An Grianfort) is a small town, townland and deep water port on Carlingford Lough in County Louth, Ireland. The population of Greenore and the surrounding rural area (electoral area) was 898 in the 2002 Irish census.

Greenore has the only privately owned port in Ireland. It has three berths and can handle vessels of up to 39,999 gross tons. In 1964, the then disused port was used to fit out the ships used for the pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta (later Radio Caroline South). The port was owned by Aodogan O'Rahilly (1904-2000) -father of Radio Caroline founder Ronan O'Rahilly from 1958 until 2000.[1][2] In the 1970s there was regular freight shipping from the port to Bristol. In 2005 Greenore was Irelands's 10th largest port in terms of tonnage handled with 649,000 tonnes of goods handled.


Greenore is also a brand of whiskey produced by the nearby Cooley Distillery.


  • A lighthouse was built on Greenore Point in 1830.[3]
  • The Dundalk and Greenore Railway Act of 1863 authorised the construction of the port and railway. The port was constructed in 1867 to provide links to Heysham and Fleetwood. The village was constructed to provide homes for the dock and railway workers of the Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway.
  • From 1873 to 1951 there was a ferry service between Greenore and Holyhead. The London and North Western Railway constructed a substantial hotel and railway station to serve passengers using the ferry. The original railway line ran from Dundalk to Greenore and the first service was 1 May 1873 when the station opened. In 1876 the railway line was extended to Newry. In the 19th century there was a ferry from Greencastle to Greenore. The railway and the station closed on 1 January 1952[4] and was replaced by bus services to Dundalk and Newry.
  • Bus Éireann route 161 links Greenore to Dundalk, Carlingford, Omeath and Newry. There are four weekday journeys to Dundalk and four to Carlingford, three of which extend to Omeath and Newry. On schooldays there is an additional morning journey to Newry. There is no service on Sundays.[5]


In 1896 the Greenore Golf Club was founded. As of 2009 it is a 6,647 yard course, with a par of 71.

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  3. ^ Ireland's Lighthouses By John Eagle pg.166. (
  4. ^ "Greenore station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
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