Barry’s Amusements is officially set to reopen this Easter, after new leaseholder Curry’s Fun Parks confirmed a “massive investment” in the Portrush heritage attraction.
Having faced potential redevelopment after being placed on the market by the Trufelli family in 2019, the 96-year-old site will now be rebranded as Curry’s Fun Park Portrush.
“We are delighted to have secured such a prominent trading location that is very important to Portrush and the wider North Coast area,” said Owen Curry. “As a family that is synonymous with the leisure industry, we can appreciate what the Trufelli family brought to Portrush over the decades.”
“We look forward to building on that great foundation – Portrush is an iconic destination in Northern Ireland for locals and visitors alike. We are very excited by the prospect of operating this legendary amusement park and we look forward to getting started.”
The announcement will reassure local residents who had feared the 2.23 acre property would be redeveloped as a 120-bed hotel, after being purchased by property developer Michael Herbert in August 2021.
However, Curry’s confirmed the park will welcome guests back for this Summer season, noting a “massive investment” has already been expended to “get to where we are today… but that won’t stop.”