Kind hearted local businesses have been amongst the first to offer aid to those impacted by the closure of Cromleach Lodge.
On Friday, Gerard Anthony Menswear Superstore, Carrick-on-Shannon issued a special message on their facebook page offering couples impacted by the loss of their deposit wedding hire packages at half price.
“Such a pity to hear that Cromleach Lodge has closed and we feel for all the distressed brides and grooms and their families who have made wedding plans there and are out of pocket after losing their deposit. Just to ease the financial burden on the bride and groom at this stressful time, we will offer any of our wedding hire packages at half price. Tag a couple that may be affected! x” noted the post.
Ashgrove Marquee Hire, Cloone, Co Leitrim are offering a discount package to brides and grooms affected by the closure.
“We can provide everything from the marquee to the food and a venue if required. We will work with your budget. We can also work with a particular theme or colour scheme to suit your big day,” noted the company on their facebook page.
Since then couples have reported offers of assistance from other hotels and wedding providers.
Ballina, Co Mayo based company VIP Weddings & Events is offering 10% off to anyone impacted by the closure while myweddingstore.ie are also giving couples €100 worth of hire free and are offering to help those affected find new suppliers if necessary.
Crover House Hotel, Co Cavan have generously offered a €1,000 discount for couples formerly booked at Cromleach Lodge.
“It pulled hugely on our heart strings to hear of everyone impacted by the recent closure of The Cromleach Lodge in Sligo,” noted hotel management in a facebook post last week. “We truly feel for everyone ...We feel for all the couples that have had their plans thrown into turmoil so unexpectantly (sic).
“We are here to help you out now and offer our family run Wedding venue to you and any other couple that has been impacted by this for your Wedding Day. We would also like to offer you a €1,000 discount as a gesture for what you're going through.”
Local bride-to-be, Paula Kellegher, said that she had been overwhelmed by the good will and good wishes from many people following the closure of Cromleach Lodge last week.
“I just want to say thank you to all the businesses, all the people and everyone for their kind messages of support,” she told our reporter.
Many other businesses are now stepping up to the plate and offering help and assistance to those who have been affected.
“It is heartening to see that people care and are going out of their way to help couples like us,” said fellow bride to be, Amy Leslie.
“I would especially like to pay tribute to everyone who has been so kind over the last few days. This has been a difficult time for all of us and we really appreciate the words and gestures of support.”