By Dan Walsh
The former Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre has found new owners, and will be renamed Active Tribe Courtown, however, the price paid by new owners Active Tribe has not been disclosed, but reliable sources claim the complex was sold for more than €1 million.
Active Tribe Courtown is expected to open in the coming weeks with plans to employ upwards of 50 people.
Active Tribe is a new entrant into the Irish leisure and adventure industry, and the company’s philosophy is to foster active, healthy communities, re-energise interest in sport and encourage positive well-being.
It is backed by a group of investors headed by Cameron Wallace and Scott Baigent, founders of Eight Degrees Brewing, an award-winning craft brewery located in Mitchelstown in Cork.
Cameron and Scott, who are originally from New Zealand, have over 20 years of experience in establishing and managing a range of diverse businesses in Ireland.
The sale of the property was handled by agent JLL on behalf of Neil Hughes and Conor Noone of Baker Tilly, the court-appointed liquidators of Courtown Water World Limited and Gorey Courtown Forest Park CLG in July 2020.
As part of the sales process, the joint liquidators and selling agent gave due consideration to the various interested parties’ respective track records, financial strength, and business plans for reopening the property, and making it available to the public, local community, schools, and swimming groups.
The Courtown facility includes a large variety of amenities, including a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, a separate children’s pool, a spa pool, a 65-metre water slide, fun pool, gym, cafe, and beauty salon. Outdoor activities at the centre include two high rope courses, a climbing wall, dual zip wires, laser tag, archery, and a forest walk. The complex also incorporates a standalone seal rehabilitation centre which is operated under licence by Seal Rescue Ireland (licensee not affected).
Included in the sale is a 53-acre land holding, which contains lands zoned “commercial leisure”, “open space and amenity”, and “natural amenity” under the Courtown and Riverchapel Local Area Plan.
These lands are freehold and the natural amenity lands, bounded to the north and north-west by the Ounavarra River and to the east by the canal, known locally as Courtown Woods. These woods date back over 150 years and are currently home to popular walking trails.