A popular family entertainment centre in north Mayo is to close its doors permanently, with the loss of up to 20 jobs.
Gateway Leisure in Belmullet, which is in business since 2009, is closing next Sunday, due to rising insurance costs.
The business consists of a 10-pin bowling alley, a children's playframe centre, arcade, mini golf, function room, restaurant and bar, and thousands of people, from the local community and those visiting the Erris region, have enjoyed the facilities over the years.
UP to 40 staff were employed at the business pre-Covid, but it was forced to close in March last year at the start of the lockdown.
After being closed for 16 months due to the pandemic, the premises reopened at the end of July for outdoor dining, followed by indoor dining once regulations allowed, but the leisure activities have remained closed.
Managing Director of Gateway Leisure Enda Brogan says the soaring costs of insurance have left the company stunned, while the timing of the re-opening also narrowed the opportunities to make money during the Summer, as well as reductions in celebrations for Holy Communion and Confirmation parties, birthday parties and other events.
Mr Brogan has confirmed that the business will close its doors next Sunday, and he's paid tribute to the staff as well as the local community that has supported the business over the past 11 years.
Speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime, Enda Brogan said it's unfortunate that they have to close the business, with the loss of local jobs.....