Tayto Park in Co Meath has announced that the theme park and zoo will be renamed Emerald Park from 1 January.

The park's general manager Charles Coyle said that a rebrand will see all elements of the park change before the new year, and that the name took inspiration from Meath’s green countryside.

He added that Ireland is often referred to as the Emerald Isle by international visitors.

"A name change and all it involves, is challenging but the team is looking forward to embracing a new era with a new identity.

"When we announced that the name of the park would change, we were inundated with ideas from the public and it was wonderful to see such enthusiasm.

"We commissioned a piece of research and EMERALD PARK was the clear favourite," he said.

Tayto Park said in a statement that it was a strategic decision not to look for a brand title sponsor but rather to create a new brand, which it is hoped will be supported next year by a number of new strategic brand partners from various sectors.

The theme park and zoo was the vision of founder Raymond Coyle, who passed away in June, and the long-term aim is to make the park a top European attraction.