Barry’s Portrush begins dismantling, bringing the end of an era


Several new pictures posted online show sad scenes from inside Barry’s Amusements as the breakdown begins.

The Trufelli family, who owns and operated the popular amusements in Portrush, announced their plan to re-market the attraction for sale again this year after their first attempt failed to attract a buyer.

📷 pictures provided with kind permission from Ken Cox
📷 pictures provided with kind permission from Ken Cox

Now the process it seems of dismantling the rides and attractions begins, in stark contrast to its last season in operation, 2019, when the family-run business would have been packed out during the spring and summer months.

In a statement released by the family, it reads: “Since October 2019, the Trufelli family has sought to sell Barry’s Amusements as a going concern.

“This has been an intensive process which has been hindered by the Covid pandemic and the resulting economic conditions.

“As we return to a more favourable economic environment, our intention is to re-market the business for sale.

“Whilst our hope is that we will be able to sell the business as a going concern, we recognise that it may not be possible to find a suitable purchaser.

“As a result, we have appointed Savills and Philip Tweedie & Company to market the site as both a going concern and a development opportunity. 

“Barry’s continues to remain closed in line with Covid restrictions and will not re-open until the sale process has concluded.”

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