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Burger boss buys hotel in €3.5m deal

HE'S made his fortune from chips and burgers and now Supermac's founder and owner Pat McDonagh is entering the hotel industry.

The entrepreneur is to buy a 107-bedroom four-star hotel in Limerick city for an estimated €3.5m.

It is expected that the sale of the Castletroy Park Hotel will be completed later this month.

Mr McDonagh beat off competition from the hotel's original owner and famous philanthropist Chuck Feeney.

Mr Feeney -- who donated millions to the nearby University of Limerick -- opened the hotel in 1991 and sold it in 2004.

The Carlton Hotel Group has operated the hotel since 2009 after Castletroy Park Management Ltd went into liquidation.