The new owner of Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles has been revealed.

Jack Halley from Fethard purchased the birthplace of the GAA at the Allsop Space Auction in Dublin yesterday for €650,000, 150 thousand above the reserve price.

Halley, who's in his late 20's, has been living in London for several years working in the hospitality sector.

Speaking exclusively to Tipp FM, the son of well known Fethard-based veterinary surgeon John Halley said he plans to bring the iconic building back to its former glory.

Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry has welcomed the purchase of the hotel by Jack Halley describing him as young and energetic while locals in Thurles are happy that the hotel has been bought.