Gordon Daly, Councillor Liam Galvin, Councillor John Sheahan, Tom O’Leary, Councillor Michael Collins, Paddy Fullam, Patrick O’Donovan TD, Ben Noonan, Councillor Seamus Browne and Michael Finucane.
George Daly Ncw Vision 2023 Plan Release at County Buildings Ncw

Friday saw the launch of the new town plan for Newcastle West. The people of the town are looking forward to seeing the first phase completion of the Longcourt House Hotel, due to open in December. Work on the site has been ongoing, and currently all work is on schedule. Windows are installed, plasterwork is almost completed, first fixing of all electrical and plumbing work is nearing an end. J and B Builders and the team of consultants have kept the project on schedule and have enjoyed good weather during the timeframe of the project to date. December will see the opening of all accommodation facilities, as well as the bar and restaurant. Locals can look forward to experiencing the hotel at Christmas. The function room will be part of phase two and will be completed in February of next year.
Hotels in any town are essential to the economy, and are a focal point, not just for business, but for social occasions. During recessionary times many hotels closed. These closures led to a distinct decline in the economy of rural towns and villages. All over the country there is evidence of many once fine establishments now in a state of deterioration. Thankfully, the prospects for Newcastle West are now very good.
Before its closure, the old River Room Motel was an asset to the town itself, providing local jobs and a large enough venue for sizeable events. It also accommodated people outside of the locality, and had a busy restaurant for those working in the town, as well as people driving through. Hurling and football teams travelling to play or support games would often break their journey in the Motel.
The new hotel will be of equal benefit to the town. The new modern contemporary design will, as in the past, host many functions such as, weddings, parties, conferences etc. The trade from passing traffic alone will be good for the town, and passers-by can take a break on journeys to and from the south regions, with easy access and without having to drive through the main part of town. The new Longcourt House can expect much business in the future from locals and travellers alike. The restaurant promises to be a dining experience of great merit, using local produce. This will be another boost to the local economy.
Great credit is due to all involved in the project, and especially to the new owners, Jim and Mary Long, who have invested in the future of the town, and employed many locals in the hotel. The project can only prove to be a “win win” for all.