Woodstock Hotel closure disappointing – BREEN

January 11th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen expressing his disappointment at the closure of Woodstock Hotel in Ennis, is hopeful that the Hotel can re-open its doors again albeit under a different management structure.

“I was very saddened to hear on Friday afternoon that the Woodstock Hotel had ceased trading with immediate effect. It is a big blow for the 60 full-time and part-time workers who were employed there and my thoughts are with the workers and their families at this difficult time.

The Woodstock Hotel was a very popular hotel in Ennis. As well as being well liked by tourists, it was a popular location for weddings, for dining out and with a well equipped it attracted many gym enthusiasts.
The trading environment for Hotels has been difficult over the past number of years and especially in this County given the reduced tourism activity which resulted from the reduced access which was available into Shannon Airport.

However, the New Year is promising new beginnings for Shannon Airport. New services and increased capacity are forecast for Shannon Airport in 2013, given the emergence of the new Airport Authority and the Gathering Tourism initiative. This increased access will generate a much needed spin off for the tourism sector throughout the County and is welcome news for any prospective investors who would be interested in acquiring this Hotel.

Given its location and facilities, it is as attractive proposition for many and I am optimistic that a deal can be secured with a new owner which would see the Hotel re-open its doors again in the future.”