Watch: We got to experience Europe's biggest rollercoaster on its maiden run...
Europe’s biggest wooden roller coaster finally opened for business this morning and sundayworld.com got a front row seat on the first ever ride.
Before members of the public got a chance to strap themselves into the exhilarating ride, I was asked by my bosses to tackle my fear of heights and fairground rides and take on the brand spanking new Cú Chulainn at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, County Meath.
For 90 nerve-wracking, adrenalin-fuelled seconds I was catapulted back to my youth when fun fairs and theme parks were a permanent fixture in any family holiday.
Named Cú Chulainn, after the ancient Irish mythological hero, the rollercoaster has been in the planning for years and saw the world renowned Ohio-based firm The Gravity Group, take charge of its assembly in the summer of 2014.
The spectacular structure, which erupts from the landscape at Meath’s Tayto Park, has been built over the last 10 months and puts the successful theme park officially on the map.
With over 800,000kgs of yellow pine wood, more than 100 tonnes of steel and collectively over 700,000 nails and bolts, the rollercoaster reaches the dizzying heights of 32.05 meters with a stomach churning drop zone of 29 meters.
The incredible ride flies along at 100km/h speeds, but at no point does it feel unsafe. It dips, twists, drops, meanders and launches each and every one of the thrill seekers into a state of exhilaration.
Priced at €5 for an individual ride, Tayto Park officials have assured us that the roller coaster is included in the €15 park wrist band which gives access to all of the other attractions at the site.
Roller coaster fanatic/expert Richard Bannister told us: “This is a huge deal for Ireland and they absolutely nailed it. They hit a home run. It is amazing.”
The Cú Chulainn is open to members of the public from 12noon tomorrow (Friday June 5).
See www.taytopark.ie for tickets prices and park details.