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Call For GAA To Purchase Hayes Hotel

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Former President of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and current Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Mr Sean Kelly has again called on the GAA to purchase its historic birthplace, namely Hayes Hotel here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This call from Mr Kelly, follows the demise of this land-mark hotel, which was placed in receivership in recent weeks, with the appointment of Kieran Wallace and Padraic Monaghan of KPMG accountancy have been put in place as joint receivers.

Mr Kelly stated that he had previously raised this proposal with the Association and has now written to GAA President Liam O’Neill, Director General Páraic Duffy, and the Munster Council, urging them to investigate the possibilities of gaining ownership of this historic site.

Mr Kelly points out that as an organisation all Irish men should be rightly proud of our sporting history, and no other place, possible with the exception of Croke Park, is more central to this sporting narrative of the GAA than Hayes’ Hotel, where Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin, P.J. Ryan, John Bracken, George McCarthy,  John Wise-Power and John McKay founded this great sporting Association back in 1884.

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Hayes Hotel Thurles Appoints New Operations Management

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Joint receivers have been appointed to the land mark Hayes Hotel here in Thurles, and the Creggan Court Hotel, in Athlone, Co Westmeath, it has been confirmed today.

Kieran Wallace and Padraic Monaghan of KPMG accountancy have been put in place as joint receivers of both establishments.

KPMG have also announced new management operators for both hotels, with the Creggan Court, being now managed by Pillo Hotels Limited with immediate effect.

Leinster Overview Concepts Limited we understand will take over the running of the famous Hayes Hotel, best known as being the birthplace of the GAA, since back in 1884.

The receivers have confirmed that business will continue as normal at both hotels and there will be no noticeable interruptions to current day-to-day trading activity.

Both hotels will continue to fully honour all customer bookings, all deposits and all current memberships.

Despite confirmation, the appointment of new management operators will be seen here by Thurles residents as yet another blow to an already ailing uncertain rural town economy.

I trust that now many of our readers will more fully understand the reason for our recent “tirades,” regarding the Derrynaflan Hoard and the importance of profiling our badly neglected tourism industry in Thurles.

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GAA Should Acquire Hayes Hotel

Munster MEP Mr Sean Kelly

The GAA should buy the famous Hayes Hotel here in Thurles.”  So says former GAA President and current Fine Gael Munster MEP, Mr Sean Kelly, who has once again reiterated his proposal that the GAA should buy this historic home of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Mr Kelly stated; “Hayes Hotel is a major symbol of Irish cultural and sporting heritage and the location of the first GAA meeting in 1884. The GAA was founded at this hotel, so it is the perfect site for a museum to showcase GAA history and its continued growing success nationally and globally. A GAA museum would be an enormous tourist attraction for sports fans. The GAA is built on the dedication and success of local clubs and future EU sports policy will reinforce the need to support grassroots sports. Indeed, I have often cited the GAA as a leading example of how sport can boost the physical, social and economic health of regional towns, during my work at the European Parliament.  Hayes Hotel could also be used as a regional GAA headquarters with staff tasked with supporting local clubs across the country. The creation of a GAA museum, at this time would be timely, as Thurles has been named the 2012 ‘European Town of Sport’.”

Picture courtesy G.Willoughby

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Thurles Hotels Anner & Hayes Offered For Public Sale

The Anner Hotel here in Thurles, Co Tipperary, has been put up for sale with an asking price tag of €1.1m. KPMG receivers, Padraic Monaghan and Kieran Wallace, have appointed one the largest property agents, Savills Commercial, No. 11 South Mall, Cork to offload the hotel, one of the best known establishments in the midlands.

This property which was first established some 50 years ago, presently trades as a three star hotel offering its large clientèle 95 bedrooms, a lounge bar, a restaurant, private dining room, air-conditioned conference and banqueting facilities and a leisure centre with an 18m swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

The hotel, situated on a manicured two acre site fronting the main Dublin Road, on the eastern edge of  Thurles town centre, also boasts seven varying sized conference rooms and a main function room with comfortable seating capacity for some 250 guests.
Tenders to purchase this building is sought before February 15th next

Hayes Hotel in Liberty Square, the 1884 venue for the foundation of the GAA , is also being put on the market, again on the instructions of the receivers KPMG receivers, Padraic Monaghan and Kieran Wallace, with an asking price of €750,000.

Latter Hotel comprises an extensive three storey town centre business, together with an adjoining three storey (but now vacant) building, latter which was acquired with the original intention of expanding the hotels present existing facilities.

Hayes has thirty en suite bedrooms and a spacious lounge bar, with two self-contained nightclubs that have a combined licensed capacity for 1,050 persons. (‘Factory Night Club,’ with a capacity of 350 people and ‘The Icon Club,’ with a capacity for 700 people.)

This hotel, like the aforementioned Anner Hotel, also benefit from their own private car parking areas.

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Free May Tea Dance In The Anner Hotel Thurles

Untitled-1Due to unprecedented demand, based on last year’s very successful Ageing Thurles Tea Dance, this event will see a welcome return once again to the Anner Hotel here in Thurles, Co Tipperary in May 2014. So do come along and celebrate the Bealtaine Festival with us on Wednesday, May 7th, from 2.00p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

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Yes there will be singing, dancing and storytelling; indeed an afternoon of fine entertainment is promised and we welcome the return of musical maestros Mr Dan Taylor and Mr Liam Fanning.

The event is presented by “Successful Ageing Thurles” and is entirely free. Refreshments will be provided and transport can be arranged. To find out more why not contact Ann Marie Brophy at Thurles Library Tel: 0504-29720.

“Successful Ageing Thurles” is committed to promoting the positive aspects of ageing and fully support the Bealtaine Festival, which celebrates creativity as we age. They also organise a week-long programme of events for Positive Ageing Week.

The “Successful Ageing Thurles” committee consists of Garda Chris Verling, Cllr Evelyn Nevin, Mr Michael Wright (Home Instead Senior Care), Ann Marie Brophy (Thurles Library), Catherine Hayes (Golden Years Care Centre), Bob Maher (Society of St Vincent de Paul), Nancy Tynan (Active Retirement) and Rev Fr Pat Coffey.

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