The Taoiseach was greeted by the SKYPARK Owners Mr Tom Mc Ardle, Mary Mc Ardle, Thomas Mc Ardle..
Speaking at the opening, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “SKYPARK is an exciting new tourism attraction and a fantastic asset for the East Coast. It will help the area to attract more visitors from home and abroad. The Government is prioritising a new tourism strategy to add 50,000 jobs to the sector over the next decade and support the creation of jobs in every county, town and village in the country. Facilities like SKYPARK contribute greatly to a vibrant tourism sector and I want to congratulate everyone involved for bringing this project to life."
This exciting, fun and unique family attraction was developed by The Mc Ardle Family using their 25 years’ experience at Carlingford Adventure Centre and with guidance and financial assistance from Louth Leader, they have created this amazing visitor attraction.
Tom Mc Ardle MD of SKYPARK said, “Today is an exciting day for us all. We have developed an excellent facility and we are delighted to get SKYPARK up and running. We are sure it will enhance Carlingfords reputation as a premier tourist destination.”
Skypark comprises over 70 challenges over 4 different courses, encompassing 8 acres, with zip lines, rock climbing towers, suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, tightropes, rope bridges, cargo nets, base jumps and tree houses.
Gary Breen Head of Operations Failte Ireland explained the importance of developing tourism offerings in the area, “As the national tourism authority we look forward to supporting this development in Carlingford, Co. Louth. SkyPark will ensure that there is a great reason for visitors to come and indeed return to Carlingford this year, and into the future.”
The Taoiseach was then given a tour of SKYPARK and spent time meeting with the staff, builders of SKYPARK and local businesses from Carlingford. Invited guests enjoyed local Oysters from Carlingford Oyster Company and delicious canapés from The Station House Café.