Devastated golfers are left without a home after course sold by owner
A Louth golf course has been closed overnight leaving six people without jobs and a 170-strong golf club without a course.
Privately owned Killin Park Golf Course has been sold by owner John McCann for an undisclosed sum to be turned into pastureland.
Mr McCann bought the course, which comprises about 20 acres and a clubhouse close to the historical Hill of Kane outside Dundalk, 12 years ago.
The course has been home to Killin Beg Golf Club for over 20 years.
Club secretary Paul Wisniewski said that the club members got no warning whatsoever that the course was closing and that they have no idea who the new owner is.
It is understood that the land has been bought by a farmer and is likely to be turned into pastureland.
"Staff were called into a meeting on Tuesday morning at 9am and told that the course was shut and that they were free to go. So the news then spread to the members who started ringing around trying to find out of it was true," said Mr Wisniewski.
He made contact with a representative of the owner and was informed that, unfortunately, the course had been sold and that it was closing with immediate effect.
Mr Wisniewski added: "We were told that if we wanted any of our club trophies, pictures, playerboards and other stuff, to come and collect it as the place was being shut up at 5pm and that was it. So we went down there and grabbed whatever we could."
Des Duffy, from Dundalk, is one of the founder members of Killen Beg Golf Club and was there when the club was formed 21 years ago.
"I'm devastated. Everybody is. It's a real blow. It's like a death in the family," he said.
Former owner John McCann was not available for comment.