The National Parks & Wildlife Service has committed to “looking again” at its decision to rename Mayo's only national park.
The decision by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to rename “Ballycroy National Park” to– “Wild Nephin National Park”, has evoked strong opposition locally, as the new name omits “Ballycroy” from the official title.
The controversial name change was discussed yesterday (Monday) at the monthly meeting of the Westport / Belmullet Municipal District, where Denis Strong and William Cormican of the NPWS in the Western division addressed councillors about the name change.
Denis Strong, Divisional Manager with the National Parks & Wildlife Service explained that the decision was taken to reflect the park’s location in a landscape rather than in a parish.
He explained that two-thirds of the park is now outside Ballycroy parish.
Nonetheless, he accepted that the name change was not written in stone and agreed to look at the decision further, given the strong views expressed by councillors at yesterday’s meeting.
Speaking with Midwest Radio News Editor Teresa O'Malley after the meeting, Denis Strong explained why Ballycroy has been dropped from the official title of the park....