1,000 jobs for County Longford with plans for a new €200 million Center Parcs
Pictured in Ballymahon Co.Longford at the Coillte owned Newcastle Woods where the site will be was Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Martin Dalby CEO of Center Parcs and Mark Foley MD of Coillte Enterprise .The Parc is expected to open to guests in 2019.
- 750 jobs will be created during construction followed up by 1,000 permanent jobs
- Coillte agrees sale of 375 acre site at Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon
- €32 million annual contribution to Irish GDP
- Center Parcs already operates five successful high quality short break holiday villages in the UK
Center Parcs, a leader in the UK family short break market, today announced plans to develop a holiday village at Newcastle Wood, five kilometres from Ballymahon, County Longford, and 21 kilometres from junction 9 (Athlone) of the M6 motorway from Dublin to Galway.
The 375 acre site is currently owned by Coillte, the State forestry company, and Center Parcs have signed an option agreement with the company.
The new Center Parcs, which is expected to open to guests in 2019 (subject to receiving satisfactory planning permission), will create approximately 750 jobs during construction. Once open, the €200 million development will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests and will employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs. Many of these roles are expected to be filled by employees between the ages of 18 and 24, and the majority of employees are likely to live locally.
Center Parcs estimates that, when operational, the new holiday village will add approximately €32 million to Irish GDP per annum.
Center Parcs offers high quality short breaks in a secluded and natural woodland setting. The five Center Parcs in the UK are popular with families, with the business consistently exceeding 97% year round occupancy.