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Greenvale Hotel limits activities after St Patrick’s Day crush tragedy

Flowers at the scene of the tragedy at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. Credit: Pacemaker

A Co Tyrone hotel has agreed to temporarily restrict its events to weddings and private functions, a council committee has heard.

Morgan Barnard, 17, Lauren Bullock, 17, and Connor Currie, 16, died in an apparent crush near the entrance to the Greenvale Hotel on St Patrick’s Day.

The tragedy happened as a disco took place inside the venue.

More than 600 people had gathered outside the hotel before the crush, police said.

Mid-Ulster Council's Environment Committee met in a private session on Tuesday evening to consider the entertainment licence of the venue.

Lauren Bullock, Morgan Barnard, and Connor Currie Credit: Family Photos

Following the meeting, Mid Ulster Council said it had postponed a review of the venue's entertainment licence until October.

In a statement issued after the meeting, it emerged the hotel has proposed to restrict its entertainment activity to weddings and private functions only.

"Given the tragic events which occurred at the Greenvale Hotel, the Environment Committee, as the licensing authority, met this evening to undertake a review of the premises' entertainment licence," the committee said.

"The committee has sought, and the licensee has agreed to provide health and safety risk assessments and associated documentation.

"In the interim period, the hotel has proposed to restrict its entertainment activity to weddings and private functions only. The hotel will provide the council with two months' notice of any proposed variation of this position.

"The committee has, therefore, agreed to defer considerations until October when the licence is due for renewal. The committee, however, reserves the right to review the entertainment licence at any stage prior to renewal."