There was a major boost to the west Roscommon area this week, with the news that hotels are to reopen in Ballaghaderreen and Castlerea.
Construction work is under way on the state-of-the-art Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, which has been closed for about five years.
It is understood that a consortium of businessmen have purchased the premises and that it will reopen in the new year.
There was much fanfare about the hotel when it was originally built about ten years ago. The lavish building includes a swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, beauty salon and about 40 bedrooms.
Senator John Kelly, who is based in the town, said that its imminent reopening had created a buzz in Ballaghaderreen.
“It’s very welcome,” he said. “It’s great to have it reopened because it was really a blight on the landscape as you come into town from the Sligo Road.
“Everyone is looking forward to its opening.”
Meanwhile, it is understood that plans are also at an advanced stage for the reopening of Tully’s Hotel, The Square, Castlerea.
The 22-bedroom premises has been closed for over a year.
Local councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice said: “I would be hoping that it will be reopened for Christmas. It would be a great asset to have it reopened.
“The people of Castlerea miss it and would be delighted to see it reopened.”