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Tayto Park doubles the fun by adding second carriage to Europe's largest wooden rollercoaster

David Kearns

Published 22/06/2015 | 15:26

Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster is to be fitted with a second carriage, doubling the shrieks of terror at Tayto Park.

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The Cú Chulainn is the latest addition to the Irish theme park, and it is the first wooden coaster to be constructed in either Ireland or the UK in the past 20 years.

Some of the first people to ride the Cu Chulainn roller coaster at the opening of the new Cu Chulainn Coaster at Tayto Park Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Some of the first people to ride the Cu Chulainn roller coaster at the opening of the new Cu Chulainn Coaster at Tayto Park Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The only wooden rollercoaster in Europe with an inversion, the ride will be closed for the next two days while a second carriage is fitted to its tracks.

“We are really sorry for any inconvenience but this means that even more people can ride The Cú Chulainn this summer,” said a spokesperson for Tayto Park.

“The ride will be up and running on Wednesday, hopefully around 2pm.”

The giant wooden edifice was constructed over the past year by the Gravity Group from Cincinnatti, Ohio – who have created over 50 wooden rollercoasters across the world.

Tayto Park’s new Cú Chulainn roller coaster
Tayto Park’s new Cú Chulainn roller coaster

“Wooden structures are preferred by rollercoaster aficionados because it gives a better experience – and a bumpier ride,” said lead designer Korey Kiepert.

“We were so impressed with the concept of the wooden rollercoaster and the Irish mythological theme for Cú Chulainn, that we really wanted two create something spectacular in Tayto Park.”

With over 800,000kgs of yellow pine wood used, more than 100 tonnes of steel and collectively over 700,000 nails and bolts, the rollercoaster reaches a stomach churning height of 32.05 meters, with speeds of up to 100km per hour.

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