K Club offers hotel to the State in fight against COVID-19

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K Club offers hotel to the State in fight against COVID-19

The K Club (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

The K Club has offered its luxury hotel to the government free of charge to be used in whatever manner necessary in order to aid the fight against Coronavirus.

According to an Irish Times report, the 134-bedroomed hotel in Straffan, Co Kildare is there to be utilised in whatever way the government or HSE see fit over the coming weeks and months should they accept the offer.

Owner of the five-star resort, Michael Fetherston contacted the Irish health service because “it is clear now that there is no defined period for when the current pandemic will pass.”

The site of the 2006 Ryder Cup has been the scene of many great occasions in the history of Irish sport but it could now prove even more influential as a property for a different purpose, whether that’s housing healthcare workers who need to self-isolate from their families or people struck down by the illness who need space to recover.

Fetherston acquired the 550-acre estate from Michael Smurfit in 2019 for upwards of €65 million. The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit in recent weeks as the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic continues and many hotels have been forced to shut their doors for the foreseeable future.

It’s great to see a space like the K Club, which closed on March 17th but is so accessible via the M7, repurpose itself at such great time of need. There have been numerous examples of good to come out of this situation, with Citywest’s near 800-bedroomed hotel also being turned into a field hospital in Dublin for the coming weeks.

Their role, and that of the K Club should its offer be accepted, will be significant over the coming weeks and months and no doubt when all this passes, they’ll reap the rewards of such acts of generosity in kind as the country recovers from what has been an unprecedented time for the world.

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