Thursday 29 September 2016

Ireland's longest over-water zip line launches in Kilkenny

Now you're hurling!

Published 25/04/2016 | 15:32

Margaret Nolan from Castlecomer trying the new Zip Line. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Margaret Nolan from Castlecomer trying the new Zip Line. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Brian Cody, launches Ireland's longest over-water Zip Line at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Ireland's longest over-water Zip Line has launched at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny. Picture Dylan Vaughan

Kilkenny hurling legend Brian Cody has launched Ireland's longest over-water zip line at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

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At 300m long and 35m above ground at its highest point, the zip line is accompanied by two new high-ropes courses dubbed the 'Octagonal High Ropes Challenge'.

€370,000 has been invested in developing the new attraction, creating 15 new jobs at the park in the process - continuing the non-profit's expansion.

Opened in 2007 on the former Wandesford estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park features walking trails, boating, fishing, a multi-media coal mining museum, design craft workshops, Elf and Fairy village and the Jarrow Cafe among its offerings.

Over 117,000 people visited the facility last year, including regular visits from former UK Prime Minister, Gordan Brown, and his family.

“These activities have been three years in development and it’s a proud day for the whole team at Castlecomer Discovery Park to have our own Brian Cody here to officially open them," said Liz Nolan, Manager of the woodland park.

Brian Cody, launches Ireland's longest over-water Zip Line at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Brian Cody, launches Ireland's longest over-water Zip Line at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny. Picture Dylan Vaughan

"We already have lots of group bookings in, including some well-known hurlers, and look forward to an exciting summer!”

A 20pc increase in visitor numbers is expected at Castlecomer this year, with the new activities open to people over 12 years from €15 for the Zip Line only.

See discoverypark.ie or call 056 444-0707 for more.

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