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Former boss of Highways Hotel dies at the age of 92

By David Young

Published 27/11/2015

Popular: Crawford Magill
Popular: Crawford Magill

One of the best-known figures in Northern Ireland's hospitality sector has died.

Crawford Magill, who ran the former Highways Hotel in Larne, died peacefully in hospital yesterday.

Mr Magill (92) had been suffering from dementia for some time.

The popular hotelier called the hotel he founded on the town's Ballyloran Road in 1973 "the beautiful house on the hill".

He was proud of his establishment, telling the Larne Times in 2012: "I'm not boasting when I say that it was one of the best hotels in the country. I was told that by travellers, tourists and guests from all over the world.

"We were so busy that we had to stop taking bookings on a Thursday for Friday and Saturday."

With its tastefully laid-out gardens, the Highways was one of the province's most popular venues for wedding receptions.

"There was one June when we had a wedding every single day and we took bookings on Christmas Day for the following Christmas Day," Mr Magill said.

Mr Magill - a well-known figure in the Co Antrim port town - is survived by his wife Mary and children Stewart, John, Jimmy and Louise.

A celebration of Mr Magill's life will be held in Larne First Presbyterian Church on November 30, with interment afterwards at Raloo cemetery.

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