A series of closures will force some amusement parks in Ireland to close as part of a £1.5 billion investment drive to boost tourism.
The closures will also affect the Cork City Centre, a new visitor attraction at The Cork Bay, which is expected to open this year.
“The Cork City Central is our busiest amusement park in Europe and we have invested significantly in the design and development of the attraction,” said the theme park’s chairman, John O’Donnell.
“We anticipate this will have a significant impact on the local economy.”
The Cork Bay attraction, which will be the first of its kind in the Republic, will be closed on Sunday and will reopen on Thursday.
The Cork theme park will reopen with a new attraction at the end of June.
An estimated 10,000 people will visit the Cork Bay in summer, with the city centre also expected to see a boost in visitor numbers.
However, the Cork city centre, which was the subject of a €2.5m redevelopment programme, is likely to be the biggest hit with the closure of some popular attractions such as The Cavan Square, the St Patrick’s Hall and The Castle, which are due to be closed.
The decision to close some of the world’s busiest theme parks comes amid rising unemployment in Ireland and a continuing economic crisis.
Over 100,000 jobs have been lost in the Irish economy since 2014 and there are more than 10 million unemployed people in the country.