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Carlton Hotel Kinsale goes into receivership

The Carlton Hotel in Kinsale was placed into receivership at the end of September. The four-star hotel is located on 90 acres of wooded parkland and overlooks Oyster Haven Bay on the coast of County Cork just 30km south of the city itself. Kieran Wallace, a KPMG receiver, was appointed by Bank of Scotland as the receiver to the hotel. Staff were informed at a meeting held in the hotel at the end of last week.

In spite of this news the receiver insisted the hotel would continue to trade as normal and the jobs of the 95 staff employed by the hotel would be protected.  “The jobs of the 95 employees will be protected and the hotel will honour all bookings that they have received and continue to trade as normal,” said Mr Wallace.

It has been reported that the hotel will continue to trade under the Carlton name but it will no longer be part of the Carlton group. The other eight hotels in the group are understood to be operated independently and they all have different ownership arrangements. They are therefore expected to be unaffected by the receivership of the Kinsale hotel .

The hotel manager said that everyone who had already booked weddings had been contacted by the hotel in order to reassure them that everything would continue as planned. “We have had a busy year. We are trading successfully. What has happened here is in relation to the original developers and the bank. All the weddings that are booked in are going ahead. We have had 85 weddings this year and we expect a good 20 more before the year is out. For 2013, we have 17 weddings booked and we are hoping to hold 90 over the year,” the manager said.

The hotel was launched in July 2006 following a reported investment of some €35m. It has 70 bedrooms incorporating both Deluxe & Sea View guestrooms, family rooms, a series of suites suites and twenty 3-bedroom Garden Suites adjacent to the main hotel.