Video: Greenvale Hotel owner 'deeply shocked' by teens' deaths
Located just off the Drum Road on the outskirts of Cookstown, the Greenvale Hotel sits almost unnoticed in tree-lined grounds.
One of several hotels in the Co Tyrone town, it was generally regarded as a place of tranquility away from the bustle of nearby streets.
For decades it has operated a disco that has attracted people from across counties Tyrone, Derry and Armagh.
But while Cookstown has in the past been the scene of clashes between party-goers and police, particularly during the Troubles, the tension rarely spilled into the Greenvale.
Popular with families, the hotel is a regular venue for weddings and other events.
The owner of the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, where three teenagers died in an apparent crush, has spoken out to offer sympathies to the families and to all those affected by the traumatic events on St Patrick's Day.— UTV (@utv) March 18, 2019
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It is owned by highly regarded local businessman Michael McElhatton who is well known for offering customers a personal service.
Speaking briefly to the media yesterday, he said he was "deeply shocked and saddened by the traumatic events" of Sunday night.
"We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the three young people who have lost their lives," he said.
He added that management and staff were assisting police in their investigations.
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