Smithboro to Middletown

We are delighted to announce that in December 2016, the Special EU Programmes Body awarded €4.95 million under the INTERREG Programme to a Partnership led by Waterways Ireland and involving Monaghan County Council, Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and East Border Region Partnership to proceed with Phase II of the route.

This will involve constructing a 22km section of greenway from Middletown in Co. Armagh to Smithboro in Co. Monaghan. A spur track connecting the N2 Dublin road along the bypass in Monaghan town to the Greenway at the Armagh road junction with the bypass is also included in the project, as is some funding for community engagement measures to encourage commuters along the route to switch from their cars and use the greenway.

Consultation on the design will take place during 2017, with a planning application expected to be submitted in early 2018. It is hoped to get construction underway by mid 2019, with completion by the end of March 2020.