Ireland’s only theme park, Tayto Park will lodge a planning application for a €14 million steel rollercoaster ride.
Owner Ray Coyle said that the new rollercoaster will be 32 metres, the same height as the park’s Cú Chulainn – but it will be 400 metres longer at 1,482 metres long.
Coyle said: “The new rollercoaster will be two rollercoasters in one. It will be a first for Europe and ensure the future of the park. If you don’t create something landmark every three of four years, your numbers will start going down and that is the road to closure.”
The plans for the coaster will be lodged with Meath County Council next week.
The coaster is planned to be built in 2020 and it is set to open to the public in 2021.
At a cost of €14 million, the coaster will be able to accommodate 1,200 passengers per hour.
Coyle was commenting as new accounts for Tayto Park which show that last year it recorded an 8% rise in pre-tax profits to €3.65 million.
This followed revenues increasing by 5% to €17.533 million – or an average of €92,770 a day in revenues for each of the 189 days Tayto Park was open last year.
Just 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre, Tayto Park has become a hugely popular attraction since it opened in 2010. It now attracts around 800, 000 people a year. Owner Ray Coyle expects the upward trajectory to continue and hopes for 1.5 million people by 2022.