Tuesday 23 July 2019

Greenvale Hotel to continue trading as demolition plans revealed

The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone (Liam McBurney/PA)
The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone (Liam McBurney/PA)

Ryan McAleer

The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown - where three young people died in March - is to remain open and continue trading after plans were revealed to demolish the building.

Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and 16-year-old Connor Currie, died outside the Cookstown hotel before a St Patrick’s day disco on March 18.

The teenagers who died at the Greenvale Hotel were, (left-right) Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie
The teenagers who died at the Greenvale Hotel were, (left-right) Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie

Police said around 600 people were in the queue at the time.

Three months on from the tragedy, the venue’s owner Michael McElhatton has submitted a planning application to bulldoze the hotel.

Saddened: Greenvale Hotel owner Michael McElhatton expresses his grief over the incident. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Saddened: Greenvale Hotel owner Michael McElhatton expresses his grief over the incident. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

The proposal, received by Mid Ulster District Council on Tuesday, seeks to replace the Greenvale Hotel with five new detached houses and garages.

In a statement, the Greenvale Hotel said: "The owner of the Greenvale Hotel, Mr Michael Mc Elhatton, has today confirmed an application has been made for planning permission for the redevelopment of the Greenvale Hotel site. The application was placed yesterday with the Mid Ulster Council.

"There are no immediate plans for a change of use of the premises which will continue with its current operations for the foreseeable future.

"Mr McElhatton said he did not wish to make any further comment about his reasons for the application."

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