About Skellig

About the Centre

The Skellig Accommodation Centre (formerly the Skellig Star Hotel) in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, opened as an accommodation centre for people in the International Protection process (also known as asylum seekers) in March 2020.

The centre will be home to up to 150 people, comprised of families and singles.

The opening of the centre forms part of the Department’s emergency response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), ensuring that asylum seekers are accommodated in dedicated centres instead of in emergency accommodation in commercial hotels. This ensures that residents can be supported by a centre management team and receive all HSE information and guidance in an appropriate and timely way.

The Department of Justice and Equality will continue to work tirelessly to support residents and would ask local people to understand the unique environment, pressures and strains on the system at this time as it works to ensure the safety of all involved.


Initially, the centre will be fully catered and will move to independent living for residents in the  future.

Investing in the local community

The former Skellig Star Hotel was offered to the Department of Justice and Equality by Townbe under an Expressions of Interest process, which was advertised nationally by the Department. A 12 month contract is in place.

Townbe will employ up to 20 locally based staff, who will oversee the successful operation of the centre.

Townbe has committed to sourcing all supplies from within the locality, wherever possible.

Becoming part of the community

Integration has hugely positive effects for both communities and centres alike by increasing friendships and understanding, while also building a richer multicultural community.

A Friends of the Centre group will be established in the Skellig Accommodation Centre. This initiative aims to bring residents, community and voluntary groups together with a view to increasing integration opportunities and providing for the development of greater community linkages with the local residents and the centre.

If you are interested in getting involved and becoming a Friend of the Centre, please click here.