Belfast Telegraph

McKeever delighted to add Dunadry to booming family-run hotel chain


By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland family business McKeever Hotel Group has snapped up the Dunadry in Antrim for an undisclosed sum. McKeever Hotel Group already owns the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim, Corrs Corner in Newtownabbey, Adair Arms in Ballymena and Dillons Hotel in Letterkenny.

And the deal to buy the Dunadry in Antrim from the Mooney Group - another well-known family hotel business - is McKeever's first Northern Ireland acquisition since it bought the Adair Arms in 2010.

The 80-bedroom Dunadry has health, leisure and spa facilities and had been part of the Mooney Group since 1986.

Following the sale, that group is left with the City Hotel in Armagh and the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast.

Eugene McKeever, managing director of McKeever Hotel Group, said: "The Dunadry Hotel is a great fit for the McKeever Hotel Group and given the buoyant tourism sector, we are delighted to add it to our collection.

"At the core of our business is our family ethos to provide consistent quality and service to our guests. We know our market well and we are constantly investing and reinvesting to ensure we meet the needs of our customers.

"We will continue to work hard and provide the high level of comfort and tradition that is expected in all of our hotels. Our hotels are very much at the heart of the local communities in which we operate."

He added it was business as usual at its new acquisition.

"As such, we will continue to meet the demands and requirements of the local patrons of the Dunadry Hotel.

"Current bookings will not be affected and all employees will be retained. We are very much looking forward to working with the staff of the Dunadry Hotel and welcoming new customers, as well as looking after the regular customers too."

The McKeever Hotel Group has been operating for nearly 25 years since Mr McKeever started out with Corrs Corner. His wife Catherine is also part of the business, along with two of their children, Eddie and Bridgene, who are both directors. The group employs more than 200 staff, and in the year to September 2016 reported pre-tax profits of nearly £1m on £8.2m of sales.

Its bars and restaurants, the corporate market and leisure and tourism account for the majority of its business but it wants to grow its accommodation, conference and banqueting businesses.

A Mooney Group spokesman said: "We are pleased to confirm the sale of the Dunadry Hotel to McKeever Hotel Group following an approach and a good purchase offer.

"We are also pleased that the McKeever Hotel Group has a similar family ethos and will continue to invest and reinvest in their properties. We have no doubt the Dunadry Hotel is now in safe hands."

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