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Derelict hotel gutted by fire in Wicklow may have been used as a skate park

The Cullenmore Hotel near Ashford has been totally destroyed in a blaze. It closed down in 2002 to allow for the construction of the N11.

A still from footage of The Cullenmore Hotel shot earlier this year
A still from footage of The Cullenmore Hotel shot earlier this year

A DISUSED BUILDING which has served as both a hotel and a construction office has been gutted in a fire near Ashford Village in Co. Wicklow.

A blaze was reported at the Cullenmore Hotel off the N11 at around 1am this morning. Five units of Wicklow Fire Service attended the scene and it took them three-and-a-half hours to bring the fire under control.

The hotel closed in 2002 to allow for the construction of the new N11 and the building was then used as construction offices for the road project but had since fallen into disrepair. At the time of its closure the Wicklow People noted that it was a sad time for locals, who attended a farewell party.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the interior of the building had been used by locals as a skate park in recent years, but a spokesperson for Wicklow Fire Service told TheJournal.ie that he couldn’t confirm if there was any evidence of recent use.

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