Northern Ireland

Randox owner purchases Bushmills golf resort site

An artist's impression of how the golf resort would have looked Image copyright Bushmills Dunes developers
Image caption An artist's impression of how the golf resort at Runkerry, County Antrim, would have looked

Land earmarked for a £100m golf resort near the Giant's Causeway has been bought by the owner of Randox Laboratories, Peter Fitzgerald.

Planning permission was granted on the site near Bushmills, County Antrim, for a five-star hotel, championship links golf course and 70 golf lodges.

It had attracted strong opposition.

It is believed the sale of the 1,200-acre estate is the single largest private property transaction in Northern Ireland this year.

The property, which includes Dundarave House, a 19th Century stately home with 19 bedrooms, a farm and shoot business, has been bought for an undisclosed sum.

Environmentalists had objected to the golf resort plan because of its proximity to the causeway, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Last year, the National Trust, which owns the Giant's Causeway, failed in a legal challenge to block the Bushmills Dunes golf course plan.

In July, the businessman behind the proposed resort, Dr Alistair Hanna, died.

Dr Peter Fitzgerald is the founder and managing director of the diagnostic company, Randox Laboratories, based in Crumlin, County Antrim.

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