New hotel mooted for site close to N7 near Naas

There is a hotel bedroom shortage in the area

Paul O'Meara

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New hotel mooted for site close to N7 near Naas

Goffs

A new hotel development could be in the pipeline for a site at Kill.

The Leader understands that a proposal  is in the offing to build the facility adjacent to Goffs and close to the recently opened Circle K service station adjacent to the N7 (northbound).

Planning approval, which would permit the development, is in place for some time.

Goffs got the green light for a 120 bedroom hotel in 1997. Although that may have expired, once permission was given it’s unlikely it would be refused again simply because the work didn’t get underway.

Henry Beeby, Group Chief Executive at Goffs, said the company has been considering the project for some time.

“It is always on our mind, though hasn’t been developed yet. We are looking at various options and we have spoken to some people,” he added.

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Mr Beeby also pointed out that there is a  lack of hotel beds in the Naas area and this is quite pronounced when large numbers visit the area  during the Punchestown Festival or when bloodstock sales are held at Goffs.

Goffs was established over a century ago and has a worldwide reputation as a sales venue for premier bloodstock with  total sales comfortably exceeding €100m every year since 2014. Two years ago horses worth €121m were sold at Kill.

A planning application has yet to be lodged but it’s understood  that some preliminary consultation has taken place with Kildare County Council.

There is speculation that the Wineport Lodge hotel in Athlone may be linked with the project.

Efforts to contact a hotel representative were unsuccessful.

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