Butlin's Mosney

Butlin's Mosney
Mosney Accommodation Centre
Irl Butlins Mosney.jpg
Butlin's Mosney is located in Ireland
Location Mosney
Subsequent Name Changes Butlin's Mosney (1946-1987)
Mosney Holiday Centre (1982-2000)
Mosney Accommodation Centre (2000-Present)
Holiday Camp chain Butlin's
Coordinates 53°39′40″N 6°14′35″W / 53.66111°N 6.24306°W / 53.66111; -6.24306Coordinates: 53°39′40″N 6°14′35″W / 53.66111°N 6.24306°W / 53.66111; -6.24306
Opening date 1948
Management Mosney plc
Website http://www.mosney.ie/

Mosney Accommodation Centre, formerly Butlin's Mosney, and Mosney Holiday Centre; (Irish: Maigh Muirí, meaning "plain of Mairid") in County Meath, Ireland, is situated approximately 48 km (30 mi) from Dublin. It is probably best known as the site of a Butlin's holiday camp in the second half of the 20th century and as the site for the National Finals of the Community Games. By the early 21st-century, this had been converted into an accommodation centre for asylum-seekers.

Mosney railway station closed down in 2000.



Butlin's Mosney

Mosney was the first Butlin's camp outside the UK. In most ways Mosney was identical to Butlin's existing successful camps, but in Ireland this was something seen to be feared, rather than embraced. A number of complaints appeared in the Catholic Standard, warning that holiday camps were an English idea that was not desirable in Catholic Ireland. Like the other camps, Mosney was designed to have a church and reassurances were given that it would be a Catholic chapel with a resident priest. Reassurances were also given that Irish nationals would have priority over British tourists in booking holidays. In July 1948 the camp was finally opened by William Norton the Minister for Social Welfare, and it operated successfully as a Butlin's camp until the early 1980s.[1]

Mosney Holiday Centre

In 1982, Butlin's sold the camp, which was renamed Mosney Holiday Centre. The camp continued without substantive changes. Every year more than 6,000 children from around the country travelled to Mosney to take part in the Community Games, held in Mosney for 25 years. Mosney was the only location in Ireland had the required 2,500 beds. Each June, the Lions Club took over the centre and provided holidays for 1,200 local people. The last season for Mosney was 2000. Dwindling visitor numbers and problems finding staff for the short 12-week season eventually led to the camp's closure.

Mosney Accommodation Centre

In December 2000, a five year deal was signed with the government to turn Mosney into a refugee centre. Mosney is now home to 700 refugees from over 20 different countries. Most of the old attractions have been mothballed, but recreation facilities still included a football arena, table tennis and a supervised play area. There is a 2007 documentary called "Seaview" featuring interviews with asylum seekers and staff from the camp.

The deal to use the camp has been renewed in 2010, albeit with a lower capacity.


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  1. ^ Karen Downey. "The Mosney Road". The Vacuum. http://www.thevacuum.org.uk/issues/issues0120/issue02/is02artmosroa.html. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 

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