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Ballydugan Mill banking on £500,000 expansion plans

Published 03/11/2015

Mary Hinds, assistant manager at Ballydugan Mill, with Ulster Bank’s Girvan Gault, left, and Derick Wilson, right
Mary Hinds, assistant manager at Ballydugan Mill, with Ulster Bank’s Girvan Gault, left, and Derick Wilson, right

The owners of a an 18th century mill-turned-wedding-venue near Downpatrick are set to invest £500,000 to expand their business.

The Killen family, who purchased Ballydugan Mill in 1987, are making another investment in the popular venue by purchasing and restoring the former mill manager's house.

Originally built in 1792, Ballydugan Mill currently includes a restaurant, wedding venue and 22 bedrooms. Owner Noel Killen said that he is delighted to undertake another major restoration project. Ulster Bank is supporting the project.

"We spent around 12 years restoring Ballydugan Mill before opening it as a wedding venue in 2000 and have undertaken a number of renovations since, including restoring the old grain store, which has been converted into further accommodation, and we are currently converting the beam engine house.

"With the support of Ulster Bank, we are now able to purchase the neighbouring property and land, which used to be where the manager of the mill lived. We will then undertake a significant restoration of the listed property. This will allow us to further extend the venue," he added.

Girvan Gault, head of south business centre at Ulster Bank, said: "Ulster Bank has £1.5bn available for businesses this year, and we have a significant focus on supporting well-run small and medium-sized enterprises with good plans to develop and expand their businesses.

"Ballydugan Mill is a well-run venue with passionate owners who have spent years turning it into a popular destination.

"We are very pleased to support them with this latest investment," he added.

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