The Táin Village Holiday Park and Outdoor Centre is situated in one of Ireland’s most beautiful areas – Omeath, County Louth. In fact, the area surrounding the former holiday park site is renowned for its natural beauty, sparkling rivers, and rolling hills lush with greenery and wildflowers. And of course, there’s the Carlingford Lough, a glacial fjord forming part of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
This outstanding natural beauty is what made the Táin Village Holiday Park so popular for family holidays back in the 90’s. According to news reports, it closed down in 2007 and since then has been left in the hands of Mother Nature and unfortunately, vandals and arsonists.
But like many other abandoned historic buildings that I’ve come across on my urbex adventures, the Táin has become a hotspot for film producers due to its dramatic backdrop. Most of the main buildings now feature burnt walls, fallen ceilings, and peeling wallpaper. Trees are beginning to sprout out of the fireplaces, rotting beds can be found upstairs in the main building, and the once grandiose red carpets are now tattered and crumbling.
Additionally, in most of the rooms, the ceilings have fallen in and the carpeted floors are soft and squishy. If you don’t watch your step, you might just fall down five storeys below through the gaping holes that are covered by fallen beams or other random bits of furniture that have fallen from the rooms above.
Interestingly, even though the site was bought by a property developer in 2019, no efforts have been made to secure the hazardous site. For example, there are zero “No Trespassing” signs nor are there cameras anywhere to deter vandals or local kids up to no good. Unfortunately, until these measures are put in place, there is a very high risk of accidents and even death.