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Balmoral Hotel to remain open despite going into administration

The Balmoral Hotel in west Belfast is to continue trading despite going into administration. Picture from Facebook
John Monaghan

A WEST Belfast hotel is to remain open despite going into administration.

The Balmoral Hotel, located on the Blacks Road, will continue to honour all weddings and other bookings and will be "open for business as usual."

John Hansen and Stuart Irwin of KPMG in Belfast have been appointed administrators of Balmoral Inns LLP, which showed an annual loss of £137,000 in its last accounts.

The hotel employs around 100 people.

Mr Irwin said: "It is our intention to continue trading and keep the hotel open for 'business as usual' including weddings and all other bookings. The joint administrators will seek to find a new owner however, in the meantime it is our intention to keep the business open.

"It is early in the administration process, but our intention at present is to keep the workforce intact. We will keep all matters under review in the coming days and weeks.

Mr Irwin added: "Given the great location and our stated intentions we hope that people will continue to book and our immediate objective is to secure operations, honour bookings and work with the existing staff. We will look at selling the business in due course."

It is understood that the Bank of Ireland, which holds the mortgage on the hotel, appointed the administrator.

The hotel was formerly known as the Greenan Lodge, a popular haunt for revellers in the 1970s and 1980s.

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