Viva, eh, Two-Mile-Borris

Move over Las Vegas! Take a hike down your own boardwalk Atlantic City! Two-Mile-Borris is getting into the game.

An Bord Pleanála, the Irish planning authority, has given the go-ahead for the construction of a €460 million "Las Vegas-style" sports and leisure complex in County Tipperary.

The 800-acre site for the complex is adjacent to the village of Two-Mile-Borris and will, according to plans, include a 500-bedroom five-star hotel, a 6,000 square meter casino, an all-weather racecourse, a greyhound track and a golf course.

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The complex, should it be completed as planned, will also boast a full-size replica of the White House in which will be used as a banqueting facility and to host wedding receptions.

According to reports, planning permission for a 15,000-capacity underground entertainment center was refused by An Bord Pleanála as it was deemed "inappropriate" given the location.

But the rest of the complext has come up trumps. North Tipperary County Council granted planning permission for the project last year, but the case was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a group of local residents and An Taisce, Ireland's national trust.

An estimated 1,000 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the facility which is expected to take three years. Between 1,350 and 2,000 additional full-time positions are expected once the complex is completed.