The controversy over the renaming of Mayo’s National Park from Ballycroy National Park to The Wild Nephin National Park continues.
At this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, councillors unanimously agreed to insist that Ballycroy is again added into the name of the park.
That request will again go before to the relevant Minister and the National Parks and Wildlife.
However, a representative of the National Parks and Wildlife outlined to elected councillors in September, why the park had been renamed, to represent the large area of landscape that it now covers, saying The Wild Nephin National Park represented the area, rather than a parish. The park now comprises of 15,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog, forestry and mountainous terrain, covering a vast largely uninhabited wilderness dominated by Nephin Beg mountain range stretching across a number of parishes.
Local man Billy Chambers told Midwest News today that the national park now stretches across 5 parishes. He totally agrees with the renaming of the facility to The Wild Neiphin National Park, as he says it reflects the area covered, which is primarily outside of Ballycroy.
Billy insists that there is no access to The Wild Neiphin National Park at Ballycroy.
While he says he has no issue with the Visitor Centre - Wild Neiphin National Park being located in Ballycroy, nonetheless, he says it makes sense to call the park The Wild Neiphin National Park.
In 2018, Billy says an announcement of 2 million euro by the then Minister, Michael Ring, for a new 56km cycle track through the Park linking the Great Western Greenway to Ballycastle further strengthens the reasoning behind calling the Park The Wild Neiphin National Park in view of the region it covers..