David McGowan, businessman and entrepreneur from Enniscrone in Co. Sligo has started work on his Quirky Nights Glamping Village after two and a half years waiting for planning permission.
In 2016 David hit the headlines in when he revealed that he had purchased a decommissioned Russian Boeing 767 from Shannon Airport to form the centrepiece of his new venture. That venture being Quirky Nights Glamping Village – a unique Glamping site consisting of various ‘transportation’ style accommodation.
The story of the Boeing 767 attracted worldwide attention when it travelled from Shannon Airport by sea on a specially constructed barge, arriving at its new home in Enniscrone in May 2016. The world watched, and people travelled from all over Ireland and UK to the small village in the Northwest of Ireland to await the arrival of the Russian Aircraft.
David became a household name in Ireland and was a guest on many of the National TV and Radios shows including Today FM, The Late Late Show, and The Afternoon Show, RTE and TV3 News to name but a few. David gained tens of thousands of supporters literally overnight on his social media pages, with the journey of the Boeing being featured on all major news stations across Ireland the UK and Europe.
Despite numerous setbacks, David has met and overcome each and every obstacle so far and is determined to see his vision realised and for tourism in the West of Ireland and the small towns along the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way to reach its full potential. David’s Glamping Village sits beside the world famous Enniscrone Beach popular with surfers worldwide, and across from Enniscrone Golf Club.
David has been acknowledged by many organisations, both here and abroad. David’s businesses have funded the project to the tune of 1.6 million Euro to date.
In November 2017, after two and a half years, David finally received full planning permission for his Quirky Nights Glamping Village. While waiting for his planning to come through David secured a Slam Door Train, London Taxi’s, Double Decker Buses and Yachts, all to be transformed into quirky accommodation. Work will soon begin on building the ‘Terminal Building’ which will house two bars, café’s, a restaurant, conference centre and a food hall.
And now, David is on another mission:
In May 1998 the movie ‘Black Dog’ An American action Thriller film, which has gone on to receive cult status, was released by Universal Studios and starred Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis and Meatloaf and featured the song ‘Nowhere Road’ by Steve Earle (Galway Girl). However, the main star of the film was the Truck (Black Dog) and the film soon became known as ‘The Truckers Movie’.
Now on the 20th Anniversary of the release of ‘Black Dog’ David has announced that he is currently in negotiations with the owners to transport Black Dog from its destination in Australia to Enniscrone, Co.Sligo, to set up home alongside the Russian Boeing 767 as one of the main features in the Quirky Nights Glamping Village which will be open in Spring / Summer 2019. The journey will be documented in similar fashion to the Boeing in 2016.