Bike Park Ireland, based in Ballingarry, Roscrea in County Tipperary, is Ireland’s first official mountain bike park.

It has announced that it will be closed this weekend.

On its Facebook page, Bike Park Ireland writes:

Bike Park Ireland should be celebrating its 5th birthday this week but instead we must announce the following:

Bike Park Ireland must close this weekend 17th, 18th and 19th May.

It comes with an enormous amount of disappointment and frustration that we must close ALL of our trails until sometime next week, effective immediately.

This is due to the “National Insurance Crisis” that is effecting most if not all activity-based businesses this year. Unfortunately we are no exception.

We have been working day and night to find a solution and we will continue to do so until we have it, but as it stands and through no fault of our own we are the latest victims of the ridiculous insurance crisis.

We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience caused and we just hope that you have patience with us and continue to support us when we reopen, which we hope will be very soon.

Please keep an eye on our webpage and FB for updates. All bookings made for this weekend will be fully refunded, and fingers crossed we are back to normal again next week.

Usually we are asking you to like and share our posts for some fun or a competition, but sadly on this occasion it is because we want all of our valued customers and friends to know so they can avoid a wasted journey.

Bike Park Ireland (Facebook)

Bike Park Ireland

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12 thoughts on “Off Road

    1. eoin

      Blame the politicians/law-makers for not introducing laws to throw the book at dodgy claims.

        1. eoin

          Oh I do, but when a business closes because it can’t pay an insurance premium, you’d think the insurance company would bend over backwards to cut the best deal it could. No business = no insurance premiums.

          And the EU is now doing (in a very limited way) what our own competition watchdog should have been doing with the insurance companies years ago. So, I think the priority is clamping down on bogus claims and then moving on to reduce payouts (and legal costs) for legitimate claims.

          1. Cian

            Which goes back to the judges.

            And there is a conflict of interest there. High pay-outs = large number of claims = lots and lots and lots (and lots) of fees for lawyers. And all judges used to be lawyers (and I’m sure have lots of connections to same).

            Previous governments have tried to reduce some of these with the likes of PIAB.

  1. kellMA

    The wonderful irish claim culture….. where there is a blame there is a claim. I mean if we are paying compensation to idiots for hurting themselves while hitching a ride on a luas, then im sorry….

    1. Robert

      Bullplop. The luas thing wasn’t an insurance award. Its not so much that we have a claims culture as an insurance industry who actively encourage bogus claims to provide a pretext for raising premiums.

      1. kellMA

        I respectfully disagree. Did i say the luas thing was an insurance award? No. I was referring to the irish claim culture of which the insurance industry plays a large part, as do the courts as do the quick buck sillies who put the claim in in the first place.

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