Works planned for closed Roscrea hotel

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A ROSCREA hotel, the only one located in the centre of the town, which closed in July 2013 with the loss of over 20 jobs, is anticipated to reopen early next year, the Tribune has learned.

The closure of the landmark hotel, which evolved from an 18th century coaching inn and was known to generations of people as the Pathe Hotel, before being re-branded as Grant's Hotel and later the Damer Court, was a devastating blow to the commercial heart of Roscrea town.

Now, after over four years lying disused, the hotel, which has a commanding position in the town centre, is beginning to show signs of minor disrepair.

However, Seamus McGoldrick, the owner of the hotel, has plans to visit Roscrea later this month and submit plans to the local authority to commence work on the site, he told the Tribune this week.

The Damer Court is a priority asset for the hotel and hospitality developer, who said he has plans for an upgrade of the facilities in the building.

"We had problems with the roof and have put a temporary cover in place to keep everything dry and safe and we plan on doing a full revamp of the rooms and ballroom and an upgrade of the bar," Mr McGoldrick said.

"I hope work can start by the end of the year, or early in the new year depending on how the submissions go with the local Council and I plan to visit Roscrea personally in the next few weeks to visit the site," he said.

The Cavan businessman from investor company Exsol Ltd, bought the Roscrea hotel for €390,000 in October 2013 and also owns the Darby O'Gills Hotel in Killarney.


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