Irish theme park proposing second biggest roller coaster in Europe

Posted Monday, January 6, 2014 3:33 PM | Contributed by Richard Bannister

Tayto Park is planning to install what will be the second biggest roller coaster in Europe. The amusement park is aiming to set up the €8.5m attraction in 2015 as a part of a program that includes new rides, a new entrance and additional parking and facilities.

Read more from The Independent.

Monday, January 6, 2014 6:42 PM

I consider myself to be fairly well-informed, even though not particularly well-traveled, but I can honestly say I've never once heard of this Tayto Park until just now.

(sorry, Mr. Bannister...)

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 6:51 AM

€8.5 seems low for such a big coaster

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:44 AM

A quick look at the exchange rates shows about 11.5 million dollars, which sounds about right for a large wooden coaster.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:00 AM

RCMAC said:

I consider myself to be fairly well-informed, even though not particularly well-traveled, but I can honestly say I've never once heard of this Tayto Park until just now.

Hardly surprising. It's a zoo with a playground at the moment.

Having said that, so was Flamingo Land once upon a time. We live in interesting times.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:15 PM

Surya said:

€8.5 seems low for such a big coaster

Yeah, that's really low. €8.5 million, however, sounds about right.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 6:16 AM

Indeed. But I wasn't aware we where talking about a woodie :)

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:15 AM

Surya said:

But I wasn't aware we where

Where? It's in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:57 AM

Damn, it's clearly time for me to get more sleep :)

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Monday, January 20, 2014 10:48 AM

FYI, it's a Gravity Group ride.

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Monday, January 20, 2014 11:02 AM

Hooray!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:25 PM

The planning permission has been lodged.

Here's a link. There are a few renderings:

http://www.meath.ie/ePlan41/FileRefDetails.aspx?file_number=DA140179&LASiteID=0

Last edited by Richard Bannister, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:25 PM
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:25 PM

Didn't see the renderings, where are they?

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:16 PM

I think they're under the scanned files button there, but I couldn't see the drawings listed because I don't have the required plug in.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:09 AM

Gravity Group, huh? Richard must have a lot of "pull."

You may groan now...

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 4:36 PM

Oops, I've just realised I never posted back about this.

Planning permission was granted in May:

http://www.joe.ie/news/tayto-park-gets-green-light-for-europes-seco...ter/443590

Construction started in September and is well underway as of this writing.

There will be a formal press announcement in the next few weeks at which point I'll be able to share construction photos.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 4:55 PM

Comparatively speaking, the amount of coasters Gravity Group has done in the US is much smaller than in other countries. Does anyone know why this is? Market saturation? The firm's preference? Just curious.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:39 PM

I wonder what tayto crisps taste like.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 2:20 AM

You can buy them here:

http://www.amazon.com/TAYTO-Crisps-Ireland-10-pack/dp/B00NGMK8SI/re...J1FRZESDPH

Cheese and Onion is definitely the main flavour... :)

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