The reopening of a well-known Donegal landmark hotel has taken a step closer after a drinks license was sought for the premises.
The Shandon Hotel and Spa in Portnablagh was sold recently for approximately €800,000 at auction in Dublin.
The hotel was once valued at €6 million at the height of the property boom.
Solicitor Brendan Twomey applied for a drinks license for the hotel this morning.
Mr Twomey said his client, a Mr McCarthy, had been called to England on urgent business.
He added that the sale had only been completed last week.
Judge Paul Kelly said he would need to hear evidence from the new owner in court and adjourned the matter until May 20th.
Receivers were called into the Shandon in 2012, and the hotel was subsequently closed which resulted in multiple job losses.
The Shandon had recently invested €1.5 million in a state-of-the-art Spa facility prior to its closure that was regarded as one of the best in Ireland.
The news that the hotel has now been bought will be a welcome boost to the hotel industry in Donegal.
The Shandon hotel overlooks the beautiful Marblehill beach in Portnablagh and is a just stone throw from the buzzing seaside village of Dunfanaghy.
The hotel will now be expected to re-open in the next number of weeks, and it is hoped will give another boost to the tourism industry in the locality.