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Woman who ran Carnlough hotel for 70 years dies

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Cherished: Moira O’Neill

Cherished: Moira O’Neill

Cherished: Moira O’Neill

Northern Ireland's oldest hotelier died yesterday after running The Londonderry Arms for almost 70 years.

Moira O'Neill took over the hotel in Carnlough in 1947 after marrying husband Frank.

The pair became renowned as one of the longest-serving families in Northern Ireland's hospitality industry and Moira was awarded an MBE for her services. A funeral notice for the hotelier said she was "cherished" by her eight children and five grandchildren.

It added: "She will be missed by her many friends, customers and the local community."

A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Carnlough at noon, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Belfast Telegraph