Irish theme park proposing second biggest roller coaster in Europe

Posted | 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.

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...)

€8.5 seems low for such a big coaster

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

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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Surya said:

€8.5 seems low for such a big coaster

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

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

Surya said:

But I wasn't aware we where

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


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

FYI, it's a Gravity Group ride.


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Hooray!


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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

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Didn't see the renderings, where are they?


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

You may groan now...

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.


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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I wonder what tayto crisps taste like.

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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