Flatley wants hotel wound up

MILLIONAIRE Michael Flatley is trying to have the luxury hotel next door to his Co Cork mansion wound up in a bid to recover debts he says are owed to him.

The Lord of the Dance star issued a notice within the last week stating that he was petitioning the High Court to wind up CH Management, the holding company for Castlehyde Hotel in Fermoy.

A spokesperson for Flatley said yesterday that he was in rehearsals for his new show and was unavailable for comment.

It is not clear how much Flatley claims he is owed. His spokesperson declined to discuss the details of the case.

CH Management could not be contacted.

The hotel shut suddenly in February. The gate leading to the facility was padlocked yesterday.

Flatley’s Castlehyde mansion, revamped at a cost of close to €23m, is nearby.

His petition was lodged on April 15 and will be heard in court on May 9.

The notice invites any “creditor of the said company who wishes to support or oppose the making of the order on the said petition” to attend the court date, where a copy of the petition will be furnished.

Flatley is described as a creditor of CH Management.

Dublin law firm Arthur Cox is handling the case for Flatley.

It is understood the 24-bedroom hotel is owned by one group but was being leased to a third party.

Shortly after its closure in February, it was reported that the hotel owners were looking at a possible refurbishment project.

Local sources criticised yesterday the manner in which the hotel closure was handled.

But they said they would prefer to see it open rather than lying idle.

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