Aherlow House yesterday released a statement stating that they were to cease trading with immediate effect. The statement went on to say that the Aherlow house is not in a position to honour bookings, however they shall pass the details to the receivers, Grant Thornton, who may find a buyer who will be able to fulfil the bookings.
The statement reads:
Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited has announced with great regret that it has been obliged to cease trading at Aherlow House Hotel , Aherlow, County Tipperary with effect as of 9th February 2016. It has surrendered possession of the hotel premises to the Receiver of Aherlow House Hotel Ltd , Mr Costelloe of Messrs Grant Thornton, Limerick office.
Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited had been in negotiations with the receiver of the hotel over an extended period in regard to the future of the property in the expectation that it would remain operating the premises. It was envisaged that bookings would be taken for functions for dates in to the future and bookings were received.
It recently became clear that the receiver intended to place the hotel for sale on the open market. Negotiations between the receiver and Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited were unsuccessful from it’s point of view. On it becoming clear that the lease would not be renewed or extended the company was obliged to cease trading with immediate effect.
The company wishes to thank all of those who have supported it in Aherlow House Hotel. It also wishes to thank it’s very fine staff . Unfortunately the company has been obliged to terminate the employment of the staff at the hotel.
Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited will not itself now be in a position to carry through bookings received.
It has been requested by the receiver to furnish full particulars of all bookings for weddings and functions.
He also requested full particulars of all staff who worked at the premises.
Those particulars have been furnished to the receiver.
It is believed that particulars of all bookings for weddings and functions will be made available by the receiver to interested parties.
It is also believed that the new owner or operator may wish to take over the bookings.
It is hoped that staff will also be included in the plans of the new owner or operator.
The hotel is now in the hands of the receiver.
Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited has succeeded in relocating the booking for a couple’s wedding for next week to Kilcoran Lodge Hotel. That hotel has kindly honoured the booking including the deposit.
A similar arrangement has been agreed with Clonmel Park Hotel.
Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited deeply regrets any inconvenience and upset caused to patrons.