Young man breaks neck in fall from balcony of former Kenmare hotel

A young man broke his neck after a fall at a former hotel in Kenmare.

The 18-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning after a fall from the balcony of the former Riversdale Hotel just outside the town.

The man suffered a broken neck and other injuries in the four-storey fall in the early hours of Sunday morning and is recovering in CUH.

Loans linked to the former Riversdale House hotel site were taken over by the National Asset Management Agency in September 2015 before being sold to investment vehicle Cerberus as part of the project Arrow Loan book sale in October of that year.

Cerberus appointed Tom O’Brien of Mazars as receiver for the loans linked to the property.

The premises featured on video posted to a social media site last month where a number of individuals filmed inside the former hotel which closed a number of years ago.

When questioned about the security arrangements at the former hotel Mazars said Riversdale House Hotel is private property and anyone entering it is doing so illegally and trespassing.

They said, “We cannot be held responsible for people choosing to breach the building’s security arrangements.Security patrols visit the site on a regular basis.”

The company would not disclose the identity of the security company or how regularly the premises was patrolled.

It also refused to comment on whether works would now take place to make the site more secure and restrict public access to the hotel.

Kerry County Council told Radio Kerry that the site was not on its derelict sites register or its dangerous structures list.