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The park could be redeveloped as a hotel or apartments if a new buyer comes along

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Barry's Amusements was the beating heart of the north coast for decades

Barry's Amusements was the beating heart of the north coast for decades

Barry's Amusements was the beating heart of the north coast for decades

The legendary Northern Irish Barry's Amusements park in Co Antrim, has been put on the market for £2.7 million, it has been reported.

The attraction, which has a nostalgic place in the hearts of many people who grew up in Ulster and across Ireland as a whole, was one of the biggest attractions on the north coast until it closed due to the pandemic, with its array of penny machines games and loop the loop rollercoaster.

It is understood the site could be redeveloped after a sale, spelling the end for Barry's, which was built in Portrush in 1926.

Estate agents Savills confirmed there are several possibilities on the table for the redevelopment of the site.

A spokesperson said it would be suitable for a “120 bed hotel, 23 residential dwellings or a combination of both, in addition to leisure and recreational facilities”.

Owners of Barry’s, the Trufelli family, said they had tried to sell the site earlier, but plans were disrupted due to the pandemic.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the family said: “Whilst our hope is that we will be able to sell the business as a going concern, we recognise that it may not be possible to find a suitable purchaser.

“As a result, we have appointed Savills and Philip Tweedie & Company to market the site as both a going concern and a development opportunity.

“Barry’s continues to remain closed in line with Covid restrictions and will not re-open until the sale process has concluded.

“There will be no further comment from the Trufelli family.”

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