Fears for future of well-known Cork hotel

Fears for future of well-known Cork hotel
There are fears for the future of the Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort. Picture: Denis Scannell

The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort has reportedly closed its pool, gym and spa unexpectedly.

It is understood that high insurance costs played a role in the closure of the leisure centre this week. 

The Echo understands that staff of the leisure centre and hotel have been asked to attend a meeting on Friday morning. 

It is not known whether the golf course or the hotel itself will be affected.

The hotel usually closes in January and reopens in February, but it is unclear what the future holds. 

There are roughly 80 people working in the popular resort.

The 4-star hotel is located in a wooded area in Shournagh valley, close to the historic town of Blarney, a well-known a tourist destination.

In 2014, the resort was bought for €2.5m after being on the market for five years. The initial asking price was €20m.

The site was originally developed at a reported cost of €30m to €40m.

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