It’s been announced that Barry’s Amusements WILL open for the 2020 season, despite being advertised for sale as an ongoing concern in November 2019.
The business has been owned and run by the Trufelli family since 1926, after being invited by the Railway Company to set up at the same site they have occupied for 94 years on a permanent basis.
Prior to this the two families, Chipperfield’s & Trufelli’s, had toured as a traveling circus. BUT where did they get the name Barry’s, well according to their official history:
‘It was felt that “Chipperfield’s” was too long and “Trufelli’s” well, too foreign. So it just happened that the first delivery lorry had the name Barr on it so “Barry’s” was chosen.’
Recently planners and councillors from Causeway Coast & Glens voted down a motion to put a Building Preservation Notice on Barry’s, leading to speculation that the building could be tore down should a developer step in to buy the site.
However the Trufelli family plan to sell of the business as an ongoing concern and the opening of Barry’s for the 2020 season will be a welcomed sign for visitors to the seaside town of Portrush.
Announcing the good news, a statement from the Trufelli family reads:
“The business remains for sale as a going concern and, while there has been strong interest, this process takes time.
“We would like to thank our employees and our customers for their continued patience and messages of goodwill over recent months. We look forward to welcoming you all to Barry’s this forthcoming season.”
Local Councillor Angela Mulholland has ‘welcomed the announcement’ and said she is ‘delighted to see Barry’s open again for the 2020 season‘.
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