Grange Cottages Liam Rooney


Name: Grange Cottages Liam Rooney
Location: Kilkeel
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 82,700.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : SOAR
Duration: 8 months
Telephone: 028 41763176


The development of a self catering 3-bedroom cottage to complement the existing provision at Grange Cottages.  This larger cottage will accommodate larger families and groups.


The applicant, Liam Rooney, is a part-time farmer who lives outside Kilkeel and a few miles from Cranfield Beach the most southerly point of Northern Ireland. The applicant worked for 35 years in the construction industry where he has his own plastering company, which at a time employed 6 FT plasters. The applicant now dedicates part of his time to the running of his self-catering cottage - a 2 bedroom, 3 star self catering cottage located on the Grange road, Kilkeel, a business which he established in 2008 as a farm diversification project. The applicant has established this business and has approximately a 22% occupancy rate (12 weeks per year).


The applicant sought funding of £41,350, towards the capital and fit out cost of the new self-catering cottage. Items funded:

Capital costs including:

  • Materials and labour associated with site works / preparation
  • Materials and labour associated with Foundations & sub floor
  • Materials and labour associated with block work, roof, slates, plaster, skim
  • Materials and labour associated with Finish floor & insulation works Materials and labour associated with Dual heating, solar tem, oil heating
  • Materials and labour associated with: internal doors, frames and wood work
  • Materials and labour associated with kitchen units and equipment fit out
  • Materials and labour associated with providing suitable flooring.


  • To increase turnover of by end of year 1
  • To achieve 4 star NITB Certification by April 2012


Holidaying in the heart of the Mournes has never been so attractive thanks to local man, Liam Rooney. He has established a new 4* NITB Registered Self Catering Cottage. The range of local attractions, events and places of interest, all of which are in the immediate area of the cottage, places it in an unique position to take advantage of the tourist trade.