Approval at last for major glamping park in Enniscrone

Developer David McGowan confident €6 million project will create upwards of 70 jobs.

Sligo News File.

David McGowan

After a series of obstacles, David McGowan has been granted planning permission for his major glamping park in Enniscrone.

The €6 million development, providing for accommodation, retail space, coffee dock and filling station, will give the village and West Sligo a massive economic boost.

It is not yet confirmed when the 18-acre site, at Bartragh, will open, but it is expected that the various amazing attractions, including a Boeing 767 transported in by sea on a barge, London Underground train carriages, a helicopter and a yacht, will attract a huge volume visitors from across the country and abroad.

The 57-year old local entrepreneur is confident that, subject to the arrangement of finance, the project will generate upwards of 70 jobs.

Meanwhile, the failure of Sligo County Council to regain the Blue Flag for the resort has been strongly criticised.

Flag authorities removed the emblem, symbolising clean, safe bathing water quality, and the Green Coast Award after incidents of pollution.

The beach has failed to qualify for the reinstatement of the flags for the last three years.