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Discover ‘live’ dinosaurs at ‘Jurassic Newpark’ in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny
The project involves a financial investment of over €250,000 and will create 10 new jobs
 Thurs 21st July 2022

Breaking! A real-life Jurassic Park is coming to Kilkenny! Dinosaurs will once again roam the land as the creative team at the 4-star Newpark Hotel is creating a prehistoric habitat called ‘Jurassic Newpark’.

The Park, which will open to visitors from the 27th July, will be home to a number of life size dinosaur species, which have been extinct for over 66 million years, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor, and dinosaur eggs, making it a dino-mite experience for any Dinosaur fan!

The tagline for Jurassic Newpark is ‘not just a walk in the park’ and that is certainly apt as designing habitats to display ‘live’ dinosaurs is no small undertaking. Preparations for the launch of this new dino themed attraction include reallocation of space in the hotel grounds, major landscaping work, and extensive planting to create a lush natural habitat with an authentic prehistoric feel. This project involves a financial investment of in excess of €250,000 and will create 10 new jobs. Roles will include ‘Jurassic Newpark’ rangers, maintenance workers, landscaping, gardening, café and gift shop employees and additional hospitality roles within the hotel.

Sharing the news of their secret dinosaur breeding programme to bring giant prehistoric reptiles back to Kilkenny, General Manager of Newpark Hotel Paul Beehan jokingly said “I am delighted to announce our successful venture into paleo genetic engineering, a little skill we picked up during lockdown. We’ve been busy harnessing dinosaur DNA from local ‘black and amber’ fossils to create a new dinosaur park in Ireland!

“The Newpark Hotel family loves to offer our guests amazing and unique experiences, so we can’t wait to see the look on their faces when they have the unique opportunity to see dinosaurs up close that move and roar! So far everything is going really well since they arrived on site - no raptors have escaped into the kitchen and the T-rex hasn’t swallowed any of our staff.”

Newpark Hotel is a 4-star family run establishment in Kilkenny, part of the Flynn Hotel Collection. Renowned as one of Ireland’s leading family destinations, the hotel provides the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny, just a 10-minute stroll away. The long-term vision and commitment from the hotel’s owners the Flynn family, together with the management team, is to constantly innovate, while maintaining a sustainable focus.

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