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There are proposals to build a fixed bridge over the Newry Ship Canal as part of the Southern Relief Road.

This is what will happen.

Tall Ship La Malouine travels towards Newry city on Newry Canal. Plans for the proposed Southern Relief Road include a bridge at this point (as visualised), travelling over Newry Canal, Carlingford Lough Greenway and Clanrye River. A fixed bridge at proposed height, like one illustrated will mean the end of ships visiting Newry FOREVER. Any bridge built MUST be an opening bridge! Photograph: Columba O’Hare/




Any bridge MUST include an opening span otherwise yachts will not be able to access the Albert Basin in the centre of Newry.

To bring a boat through Victoria Lock and up the Newry Ship Canal to the Albert Basin in the city centre please conact Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Tourist Office via or

0300 013 2233.

Newry Canal Towpath Tour

Now available to download to a phone or tablet. You can also view the tour immediately on a webpage. Click the phone app image below.