Ireland's 5 Star K Club is offered to State
The hospitality industry has stood out for making many philanthropic gestures to healthcare workers and the general public in Ireland and further afield in heartwarming stories that have been publicised worldwide.
The 134-bedroom K-Club in Co. Kildare, which has been operating as one of Ireland's most luxury destinations for almost 30 years, has been offered to the State for its services and space by low-profile veteran businessman Michael Fetherston for whatever purpose they choose - either for healthcare workers separated from families or to house people with Covid-19.
The 550-acre estate, which includes the hotel and two championship golf courses, was bought in 2019 from Michael Smurfit for over €65 million and has been closed since St. Patrick's day since the escalation of the pandemic. The HSE has not yet made a decision on whether it will make use of the offer and in what way it will be availed of.
Meanwhile there's a plan to rebrand the smaller of the two golf courses on the site as the 'Straffan Golf Course and Club' later in the year as part of an investment and rebranding programme on the site.