Due to the ongoing public health concerns around the COVID-19 epidemic, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has taken the decision to cancel the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Downpatrick.

DCDR management have reviewed this situation, and we have taken the reluctant decision to cancel our train operations on this date as well.

For clarity, that means the railway is CLOSED on Tuesday 17th March.

We apologise for any disappointment this has caused, and hope you understand our reasons for this decision. Aside from the health consideration, with the parade cancelled we would expect very few passengers to actually turn up for the trains.

We will be issuing refunds to anyone who has already booked tickets.

At this stage we have not made a decision regarding Mother’s Day Afternoon Teas or any subsequent events.