Gardaí continue to investigate closure of Tralee golf travel company

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the closure of a company in Tralee that  has left Irish and foreign holiday makers tens of thousands of euro out of pocket.

David McMahon emailed customers of Premier Irish Golf Tours Ltd on the 7th of July informing them of the closure of the business, blaming it on the failure of a promised investment to materialize.

Radio Kerry understands that gardaí are at the preliminary stage of  their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the closure of Premier Irish Golf Tours ltd in July and that details are continuting to emerge of the scale of losses caused.

David McMahon has been uncontactable since its closure to either customers or to Radio Kerry.

It’s understood that the closure of the company left some supplier companies and golf courses out of pocket and with cancelled bookings

International customers of the company who had golf trips to the Republic, to Northern Ireland and Scotland  cancelled have continued to emerge since the closure, each citing losses of several thousands of euro.

Irish customers of the company’s sister brand Premier World Travel also lost holidays but some may have recourse to the Commission for Aviation Regulation to get refunds.

16 people have made complaints to the commission about Mr McMahon’s company so far.

It’s understood some of the complainants would be covered as they had holidays booked while the company was licenced but others may not be as their trips were booked after Premier World Travel allowed its licence to lapse on the 1st of May this year.

Mr Mahon also raised over 50,000 euro in finance for the company by way of online peer to peer lending just prior to the company’s closure.

Estimates of the amount of money taken from customers, both home and abroad and from lending sources, now runs to several hundred thousands of euro.