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Hotel agrees to restrict events following disco tragedy

THE Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown has agreed to restrict its entertainment activity to weddings and functions following the tragic deaths of three young people at the venue on St Patrick’s night.

Mid-Ulster councillors agreed the decision at a special meeting of the Council’s Environment committee tonight (Tuesday).

Morgan Barnard (17), Lauren Bullock (17) and Connor Currie (16) died while queuing along with hundreds of others to get into the venue on the night of March 16 last.

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Special Masses to mark one month since their deaths are due to take place tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

In a statement, Mid-Ulster Council said that they had met to review the entertainments licence held by the Greenvale Hotel, which has re-opened since the tragedy.

“Given the tragic events which occurred at the Greenvale Hotel, the Environment committee, as the licensing authority, met this evening to undertake a review of the premises’ entertainment licence,” said a spokesperson.

“The committee has sought, and the licensee has agreed, to provide health and safety risk assessments and associated documentation.

“In the interim period, the hotel has proposed to restrict its entertainment activity to weddings and private functions only. The hotel will provide the council with two months’ notice of any proposed variaion of this position.

“The committee has, therefore, agreed to defer considerations until October when the licence is due to renewal. The committee, however, reserves the right to review the entertainment licence at any stage prior to renewal.”

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