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Thursday 18 January 2018

Biggest roller coaster in Ireland for Bettystown

IRELANDS biggest roller coaster could soon be built in Bettystown. The promoters of Funtasia are planning a E2m investment in a giant spinning coaster which they hope will become a major tourist attraction in the North East.The coaster, with a 480 meter track and two giant 160 degree loops, will be built over the parking area of the Leisure complex. The company is cu

By Angela McCormick

IRELAND’S biggest roller coaster could soon be built in Bettystown.

The promoters of Funtasia are planning a E2m investment in a giant spinning coaster which they hope will become a major tourist attraction in the North East.

The coaster, with a 480 meter track and two giant 160 degree loops, will be built over the parking area of the Leisure complex. The company is currently in planning meetings with Meath County Council about the project.

‘It will be high enough and fast enough to be a thrilling ride but it won’t be completely terrifying,’ said Funtasia’s managing director Bernard McCormick.

‘At the moment there is no significant sized roller coaster permanently in Ireland. This will be a major national attraction and why not have it in Bettystown,’ he added.

The custom designed coaster will be incorporated into Funtasia’s current building and car parking area.

The plan is to have passengers ‘taking off’ from and returning to the roof of the building, with the tracks of the coaster built around the edges of Funtasia’s car park.

‘The idea is that cars will park under the coaster so we won’t lose any of our 250 car spaces,’ Mr McCormick explained.

The roller coaster planned for Funtasia is similar to one in Britain’s Alton Towers.

It will be designed and built by a German company. The coaster’s cars will carry four passengers and travel at 58 miles per hour. The cars are designed to spin around on the track as they are travelling.

‘It’s designed so that unsuspecting passengers will experience the thrill of spinning throughout the entire ride. They will have no idea when, or which direction the car will spin, as they dip and dive through camel humps and loop the loops,’ said Mr McCormick.

‘After leaving the roof the cars are lifted in a 30 degree slope to the top of the coaster, about 17 meters above the car park. The cars then free spin through mouse curves and steep drops and two 160 degree loops. It’s a breathtaking fun ride built to stringent German safety standards,’ he added.

The Bettystown company employs over 120 full-time staff. Since it opened two years ago Funtasia has succeeded in attracting over quarter of a million visitors to the North East.

The company also operate the Whitworth Leisure Centre in Drogheda’s Laurence Street. Mr Bernard McCormick who runs the business with his wife Tara, is hopeful that their latest project will get the go ahead.



‘We have had several meetings with local authority planning officials to discuss the project. We are finalising details at the moment before making a full planning application,’ he said.





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