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Hotel Doolin 'heartbroken' to have to end meal delivery service

By Sarah Finnan

May 26, 2020 at 4:38pm

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Hotel Doolin has had to put a halt on their free meal-delivery service due to a lack of funds to continue the initiative.

Hotel Doolin made headlines back in early March after they pledged to deliver home-cooked meals to the elderly and vulnerable in the community - completely free of charge. Quick into action at the first sign of lockdown, they were one of the first hospitality businesses to offer help to those who needed it most and having delivered over 1,000 meals since then, they've proven to be an invaluable resource to locals.

However, despite wanting to continue on with the service, the team has been forced to finish things up due - putting the decision down to a lack of funding. General Manager of Hotel Doolin, Donal Minihane said:

“We would have loved to continue with this service for free but despite our best efforts, we couldn’t secure the small amount of funding to help us cover just some of the cost of the food.

In normal circumstances, continuing to fund this ourselves might have been an option, but sadly in these times it just isn’t possible to continue with the service indefinitely. The few of us still at the Hotel now need to turn all our attention and effort into picking our business off the floor and getting our much-missed colleagues back to work.”

Hotel Doolin

Devastated to have to pass on the responsibility, at the very least the team can rest safe in the knowledge that locals will be well looked after thanks to the Stella Maris Day Centre which has today resumed its meals on wheels service.

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