I was asked to share this comment from a friends face book page ....
"Ive just returned home from a family break with my wife and kids , my sister her husband and their kids and also my cousin and his wife and kids. We went to county galway and stayed at salthill caravan park. NEVER AGAIN ! The owner was an obnoxious arrogant, ignorant person. We paid between us over €1500 euro which he insisted in having in cash for whatever reason, and each night while the six adults were sitting in our awning around a table having a quiet drink and a bit of grown up banter at 10.30 pm he was instructing us to stop the noise and laughter as his rules state no noise after 10.30. We were in the party county of ireland and were not allowed to have a laugh in our own awning.
Apart from this issue he has no regard to health and safety on site! As you can see from the pics attached there were numerous 240volt caravan cables ( which are not armoured or protected in anyway) stretching across the roadways with countless vehicles travelling over them daily including the large red articulated coach pictured.
Apart from that the children were riding their bikes across them... At one point we saw two children from another party trying to use the cables as skipping ropes !
When it rained the water was running over the cables and there cables jointed in top if wet grass. These connectors are not insulated from water ingress.
One was lying in front of a camper-van wheel. If the driver had moved his van he would have smashed the connector exposing lives wires and the wet grass would surely have conducted the electricity if the trip failed to blow !
ELECTROCUTION WAITING TO HAPPEN.
When i brought this to his attention he said and i quote "
"IM LICENSED SO IM COVERED ANYWAY IF SOMETHING HAPPENS - ANYWAY THE TRIP WOULD PROBABLY BLOW !"
I then asked him about the unprotected cliff face at the edge of the caravan park. Although you cant really tell from the pictures there is a 12-15 foot sheer drop into the atlantic or when the tide is out onto a rocky beach! We asked him about this also and he laughed and said " sure theres no fence on the top of the cliffs of moher"
I have contacted galway council, galway tourist board and will be contacting the southern version of our health and safety agency in the morning.
Oh and the advertised children's play area is a joke The rates are extremely high , he charges per extra child, he charges for awning , he charges for hot water, he charges for showers which are anything but clean, he even charges €6 per night if you want to bring a pet... There are no independent hook up electricity points on the parking stands and you cannot hook up water as the six or seven taps i counted are shared.
He also packs the vans literally on top of each other and does not leave adequate fire breaks in case of an emergency. THIS PLACE IS A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN ,!
These are only a selection of the pics that i have taken .
Easily the worst experience i have ever had on a caravan park and i can only aske everyone to share this post as often as possible before someones child is injured or worse !"
I saw this on Facebook and my first thought was there are two sides to this story. It sounds to me like the problems started when the owner complained about the party in the awning. If I was on a neighbouring pitch I wouldn't be happy with a group of adults having a drink and "grown up banter" in the awning beside me.
Some of the other criticisms are valid but others are not. Cables running across a roadway are a safety issue and should not be there but I have never been on a site where the cables weren't lying on the grass and I would expect parents to teach their children not to play with electrical cables. I looked at the pictures and I didn't see the "12 - 15 foot sheer drop into the Atlantic" but I haven't been there so I can't say it's not dangerous.
Most of the other items mentioned would be the same on most campsites in this country. I would like to stay in the Galway area sometime but the sites near the city all seem quite expensive so I go elsewhere. I don't think you can complain about prices after you stay somewhere as all sites have their prices on their website.
We have stayed here at least once a year for the last ten years and each time we feel somewhat deflated on arrival - and departure - but it is the location and access to Salthill and Galway City that makes us return. Everything has to be paid in cash on arrival - despite repeat visits the owners appear rude and disinterested and that leaves a bad taste.