Westport Hotel welcomes Ukrainian refugees
A HOTEL in Westport will host Ukrainian refugees for the six months, The Mayo News has learned.
The Westport Hotel, located on the grounds of the Westport House Estate, will host refugees from Ukraine from October.
Biddy Hughes, business development manager at Westport House & Hotel Westport, said staffing levels had not been affected by the move.
“No wedding bookings have been affected,” Ms Hughes added.
The hotel’s bar and restaurant facilities are likely to be for residents only, but the nearby leisure center will remain open to the public.
The number of refugees who will be staying at the 129-room hotel has not yet been confirmed.
“Peace and Hope”
Mayo County Council housing services manager Tom Gilligan welcomed the offer of housing for the refugees.
“It is so important that we show solidarity and support for the Ukrainian people, because the war in Europe affects us all,” Mr Gilligan said.
“Mayo hosts about 1,500 Ukrainian refugees. These refugees, mostly women and children, are housed in accommodations spread across the county.
“While the people of Mayo are providing a duty of care and humanitarian response to refugees, more is still needed as the number of refugees continues to rise.
“I am delighted and delighted that the Westport Hotel and the Hughes family are providing accommodation for Ukrainian refugees at a time when the need to help Ukraine has never been greater.”
Westport Estate CEO Barry O’Connor said: “As well as providing much needed housing, we hope we can bring peace and hope to children and families fleeing the terrible war in Ukraine. We look forward to welcoming and caring for our new customers.”
Variety of settings
According to the latest CSO statistics, at least 285 Ukrainian refugees were living in the Westport area as of August 7.
More than half of all refugees in Mayo are housed in hotels, self-catering accommodation and guesthouses. As of August 23, 694 were living in hotels while 108 were in self-catering accommodation.
Another 220 were housed in guest houses while 126 lived in properties pledged by members of the Mayo public.
Twenty people were staying in rest centres, and another 317 were living in hostels, holiday villages and private accommodation.
More than 40,000 Ukrainians have fled to Ireland since the start of the Russian invasion.