Cú Chulainn opens at Tayto Park

Posted Thursday, June 4, 2015 8:34 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Europe’s biggest wooden roller coaster finally opened for business. Named Cú Chulainn, after the ancient Irish mythological hero, the rollercoaster has been in the planning for years and saw the world renowned Ohio-based firm The Gravity Group, take charge of its assembly in the summer of 2014.

Read more from Sunday World.

See video from RTE News.

See photos from ThemeParks.ie.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 9:23 PM

Okay Richard how was it?

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Friday, June 5, 2015 1:28 AM

Fabulous. Very good indeed.

I'm also rather chuffed that the Sunday World reported my awful pun unedited :)

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Friday, June 5, 2015 5:32 AM

Ba dum-bum.

And what's with the name? How do you say it?
Why don't parks stick with names that are easy to grasp and pronounce, like Rougarou, and Valravn. Jeez.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 7:59 AM

Seek medical attention if you have an erection lasting more than three hours while taking Valravn.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 8:48 AM

Europe's Biggest Coaster? Lies :-)

I can think of three off the top of my head that are taller/longer (Magnus Colossus, Tonnerre de Zeus, Wodan)

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Friday, June 5, 2015 9:53 AM

Apparently it's "coo-CULL-en"... although it might also depend on what part of the country you're in.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 11:08 AM

COO?

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Friday, June 5, 2015 11:32 AM

It seems like a lot of new wooden coasters go upside-down.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 11:48 AM

Thank you for your sharp insight into something that has nothing to do with this topic.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 3:32 PM

There's POV here for those that'd like to see the ride for themselves.

https://www.facebook.com/themeparks.ie

Where I grew up the pronunciation is coo-hull-in. But yes, there are distinctive dialectic differences, in the same way that people from Boston need a translator to understand people from Alabama ;)

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Friday, June 5, 2015 4:04 PM

But isn't Ireland the size of Boston?
:-)

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Friday, June 5, 2015 5:33 PM

ApolloAndy said:

Thank you for your sharp insight into something that has nothing to do with this topic.

Andy, leave Tyler alone ;)

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Friday, June 5, 2015 8:05 PM

Looks pretty cool. I visited their website and the Theme Park section only listed like five rides lol. And yet THIS is the most visited amusement park in Ireland? They got a ways to go...

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Friday, June 5, 2015 8:34 PM

It's really pronounced "cu cu ca choo" - and belongs to either Lennon and McCartney, or to Simon and Garfunkel.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 9:09 PM

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Friday, June 5, 2015 10:15 PM

Am I the only old fart that got the Joker's Wild reference?

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Saturday, June 6, 2015 2:31 AM

bjames said:

Looks pretty cool. I visited their website and the Theme Park section only listed like five rides lol. And yet THIS is the most visited amusement park in Ireland? They got a ways to go...

It is the only real park in Ireland. Give them time – they opened in late 2010.

They've already applied for planning permission to add a flume next year:

http://193.178.30.218/meatheplan/FileRefDetails.aspx?file_number=AA150220

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Saturday, June 6, 2015 9:51 AM

I'm looking forward to riding this. It's good to see a decent roller coaster on the island of Ireland. I know a lot of friends here in Northern Ireland love Tayto Park, but they are also the ones who have never been to any American amusement parks. Maybe we'll make a trip down next summer when they have a few more rides.

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