Belfast Telegraph

We Are Vertigo to open outlet in Republic of Ireland creating 120 jobs in Dundalk

By Margaret Canning

Belfast adventure centre We Are Vertigo is bouncing across the border as it creates 120 new jobs with a venue in Co Louth.

The £5m enterprise in Dundalk by husband and wife team Gareth and Lorna Murphy has just won planning permission from Louth County Council.

And the couple said they were talking to companies around Europe about possible franchising opportunities for their brand.

Mr Murphy, who opened We Are Vertigo in Belfast in 2013, said the project would be a huge asset to Dundalk, bringing new visitors to the area as well as new jobs.

He said: "Belfast's We Are Vertigo has been an enormous success, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and we were keen to replicate the experience for families and businesses in the Republic of Ireland.

"Having assessed a number of locations, Dundalk was a clear winner in terms of location with its proximity to both Belfast and Dublin, the town's infrastructure and the welcome we received, and we can't wait to get started on the construction of this new project."

The Dundalk development will replicate the trampoline park, adventure centre, spa and restaurant on the Belfast site at Newtownbreda Industrial Estate.

But it will also feature ninja assault courses, an indoor skydiving centre and gym.

Mr Murphy added: "We are delighted that this new project has been granted approval by Louth County Council and we've been working closely to ensure Dundalk benefits from what looks set to be a major visitor attraction in the area."

He said the company employed a research and development team to develop new activities for its centres.

And he added: "In addition to our all-island growth, we are in discussion with several companies across the UK and Europe who are interested in franchise opportunities and as such we are very excited for the future."

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