The Hotel “Golfgate” experienced a record year with a profit increase to over €750,000

A director of the company that operates the Clifden Station House Hotel in Connemara said “the ‘Golfgate’ saga brought no joy to anyone”.

Rang Ford made his remarks while commenting on new accounts showing hotel operator Western Railway Operations Ltd had a record year last year with profit after tax of €763,404.

The figures for the 12 months ended May 31 followed a modest after-tax loss of €1,571 in the prior year

The hotel was at the center of the ‘Gulfgate’ controversy in August 2020, during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the resignations of then EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and then Agriculture Secretary Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary is now junior minister for trade promotion and digital transformation.

Asked if the controversy had led to increased bookings for the hotel through improved ‘name recognition’, Mr Ford replied: ‘The ‘Golfgate’ saga brought no joy to anyone.

“Fortunately, Clifden Station House was already an established and respected business and the past year has been more to do with loyal and new customers who continue to support Connemara and Clifden,” he said.

Speaking of last year’s trading, Mr Ford said: “Like most hospitality establishments, we have seen room revenue and room rates increase following the pandemic.

“We anticipate that we will be able to sustain higher rates and that the industry as a whole will strive to do so going forward.”

Mr Ford said Clifden Station House Hotel “had a very encouraging financial performance in the year to May 2022”. “After two years of disruption and the impact of Covid, the property traded very well over the period,” he said.

“Domestic holidaymakers have welcomed stays and we believe Clifden and the Connemara region have seen a strong upswing over this period.

“We do not expect the same financial outcome this year as Irish holidaymakers are traveling abroad in increasing numbers this year.

“However, our booking prospects for the coming year are strong and we are hoping for a good year. Nonetheless, we are very satisfied with the financial position of the hotel and look forward to future business development,” he added.

In the high season, the company employs 70 people. The Hotel “Golfgate” experienced a record year with a profit increase to over €750,000

Fry Electronics Team

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