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Go ahead given to renovate former Táin Holiday Village as nursing home and tourist accommodation

Go ahead given to renovate former Táin Holiday Village as nursing home and tourist accommodation

The go ahead has been given to convert the former Táin Holiday Village in Omeath into a nursing home.

A portion of the site will also be used for tourist accommodation under ambitious plans for the former St Michael’s College site.

ML Quinn Construction Ltd have been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to demolish four existing structures at the site at Ballyoonan. They have also been given the go ahead to partially demolish one existing structure (approx. 3,402sq.m combined gross floor area).

As part of their application they have secured a change of use, conservation and extension of the existing hostel buildings to a three storey nursing home, measuring 4,126sqm gross floor area with rooftop solar panels.

They also plan to use 3.1 hectares of the site as a tourism accommodation facility comprising of 51 cabin-style units and eight ‘gateway pods’. As part of this ML Quinn Construction plan to convert an existing structure into a reception/café/bar measuring 269sqm.

The proposed facility will include soft landscape works including the re-routing of the existing greenway, 144 car parking spaces, upgrades to boundary treatments and all site services and utilities including the upgraded wastewater treatment system.

The former holiday village has fallen into huge disrepair in recent years and has been gutted by a series of fires, some of which have resulted in arson investigations.

An upgrade of the former school would most likely be welcomed by local residents who have become frustrated by anti-social behaviour there in recent years.

Following the school’s closure in 1986, the holiday village opened in 1994 but has been closed since 2007. The premises did briefly open again for airsoft in 2013 and 2014 with once a month events but this had to close due to theft and vandalism issues.

A fire in August 2014, believed to be arson, caused significant damage to the building with a major fire in 2015 destroying the top storey. Further structures were destroyed by fire in separate blazes last summer with two structures destroyed by fire last August.