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Greenvale Hotel limited to weddings and private functions after tragic disco crush

The Greenvale Hotel
The Greenvale Hotel

The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown has agreed it will only host weddings and private functions ahead of a full entertainment license renewal in October.

The decision was taken at a behind-closed-doors meeting of Mid Ulster District Council's Environment Committee on Tuesday evening.

It comes after the deaths of three teenagers on the premises in a crush on St Patrick's Day.

Connor Currie (16), Lauren Bullock (17) and Morgan Barnard (17) were killed in the crush while queuing to get into a disco at the Tyrone venue.

The committee met following last month's tragic events to undertake a review of the hotel's entertainment license.

At the meeting, the hotel agreed to provide the committee with health and safety risk assessments and associated doumentation.

The committee agreed to a proposal from the the hotel to restrict its entertainment activity to weddings and private functions only in the meantime.

The hotel must provide the council with two months notice of any proposed variation of this agreement.

Following the meeting, the committee agreed to defer a final decision until October when the Greenvale Hotel's entertainment license is due for renewal.

However, the committee reserves the right to review the entertainment licence at any stage prior to renewal.

Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.
Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

Police and the council are carrying out separate investigations into the crush at the hotel. 

The Police Ombudsman is also investigating the initial police response.

Hotel owner Michael McElhatton and another man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the teenagers' deaths and were later released pending further investigation.

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