There was great excitement in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon this morning as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, joined Center Parcs Chief Executive Martin Dalby to announce news of a €200 million holiday resort investment at Newcastle Wood.
Mr Kenny said: “The prospect of 750 construction and 1,000 permanent jobs is fantastic news for County Longford and the Midlands. Center Parcs will provide a massive boost to the area and contribute significantly to the local and regional economy.”
Center Parcs say the village planned for Ballymahon - their sixth - is expected to open in 2019.
The new Center Parcs village will include up to 500 lodges, with capacity for up to 2,500 guests during each break, as well as a subtropical swimming paradise, aqua sana spa and a wide range of activities for all the family.
A spokesperson for Center Parcs said, “We’re delighted to have secured the option to purchase a site in Ireland and plan to build the sixth Center Parcs location in County Longford.
“The 375-acre site at Newcastle Wood is perfectly placed for families from both north and south of the border and is expected to open to guests in 2019, subject to planning permission.
“It’s also great news for the local economy, as the build will create around 750 jobs during construction and, once open, employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs to deliver the renowned Center Parcs customer experience.”