One of the county’s best known hotels, the Milford Inn, has gone into liquidation.
The shock announcement was made last Thursday.
It is understood the hotel, which operates under the Best Western brand and is part of the Blaney Group, was forced to close due to financial difficulties. It is not clear how many jobs have been affected but it is believed that staff number range from 30 to 50 part and full-time.
Since its establishment in 1971 the Milford Inn has been a landmark venue in the Fanad peninsula and renowned for its famed Blaney hospitality, food, drink and welcome. It has hosted countless local and national events, many crucial political meetings and music and entertainment nights out on a regular basis. It has 33 luxurious bed rooms and all mod cons throughout since its major refitting approximately four years ago.
Even yesterday, Saturday, receptionists at the hotel were taking calls from anxious couples and organisers who had booked weddings, confirmation and communion receptions and other events for the coming weeks and months. They were being diverted to other venues belonging to the group, The Water’s Edge restaurant in Rathmullan and The Silver Tassie hotel outside Letterkenny. It is understood that queries concerning deposits were raised but not assurances were given.
One couple told this newspaper: “We don’t know what to do. We can’t get a hold of the owners and no guarantees about our date. I know they have two other venues bvut as far as we know all dates throughout the summer have been booked and that’s not much good to us.”
It is understood that a creditors meeting has been provisionally scheduled for The Silver Tassie on Tuesday, April 17 at 9am.