” Carlingford Lough, Co. Louth, Ireland.

" When I was young and in my prime,
And could wander wild and free,
There was always a longing in my mind,
For to follow the call of the sea,

So Ill sing farewell to Carlingford,
And farewell to Greenore,
And Ill think of you both day and night,
Until I return once more,
Until I return once more,

Now I had a girl called Mary Doyle,
And she lived in Greenore,
And the foremost thought that was in her mind,
Was to keep me safe on the shore,

For a landsmans life it is all his own,
He can go or he can stay,
But when the sea it gets in your blood,
Its a call you must obey,

So Ill sing farewell to Carlingford,
And farewell to Greenore,
And Ill think of you both day and night,
Until I return once more,
Until I return once more "
Tommy Makem

The pretty town of Carlingford lies on the Cooley peninsula, surrounded by the mountains of the same name, in Co.Louth, close to the border in the Irish Republic.
Founded by the vikings, its Norse name is " Kerlingfjoror "
which means a narrow inlet or sea hag.
The view is looking north across the ford towards the Mournes and Greencastle, Co. Down. The invisible border between North and South, runs down the centre of the lough. It has been invisible for 20 years and gone are the troops and the minesweepers patroling the lough on both sides, thanks to wonderful work and effort of the Irish and British governments, and the people who forgave so much to try and bring a lasting peace.
Lets hope that good sense prevails as I dont know anyone, north or south who wants a border on our island and what that could imply. 3500 died because of the trouble and it was not worth one drop of human blood.. Never again!!! There is no one here who hasnt been affected by it, myself included.
The ferry travels daily across the lough from Greenore to Greencastle and lots of tourists, cyclists and walkers go this way to exlore the area.
I intend to get back there in the Spring as I want to see so much more of this llittle known gem.
P@t.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlingford,_County_Louth

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenore

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greencastle,_County_Down

visitcarlingford.com/portfolio/carlingford-ferry/

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Posted by ” P@tH Im@ges ” on 2019-02-25 15:10:50

Tagged: , Irish Republic , Northern Ireland , Border , Peace , Vikings , The Mournes , Slieve Foy, The Cooleys