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Saturday 3 December 2016

A model holding

Top quality land and a fine Georgian residence make this one of the finest properties to come on the market in Wexford for some time

Jim O'Brien

Published 25/11/2015 | 02:30

Ballycogley Castle consists of a Georgian residence and extensive outbuildings on 77ac
Ballycogley Castle consists of a Georgian residence and extensive outbuildings on 77ac
Ballycogley Castle main living room
Ballycogley Castle entrance avenue

When I hear the name Cogley I think of Wexford. Most of the people I know bearing that name come from the Model County and if they don't, they have strong connections in the south east.

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The Cogley clan and many others will be interested in the auction of this Georgian house on 77ac of tillage ground located at Ballycogley between Kilmore Quay and Wexford Town.

The sale is being handled by John Keane of Keane Auctioneers, who are guiding the property at between €700,000 and €800,000.

Situated 20 minutes from Wexford Town and 10 minutes from Kilmore Quay the house and lands are in the best of condition

The area and the particular property are steeped in history and would have been among the first parts of Ireland to encounter the Normans soon after they arrived with Strongbow in 1169.

The original Ballycogley Castle dates from the 13th Century and its ruin stands 90 metres of the current residence.

After the invasion of Henry II the Wadding family was among the early colonists planted in the area and established themselves at Ballycogley Castle.

The Waddings remained a prominent family in the area for the next three centuries but found themselves on the wrong side of Cromwell when he arrived with his roundheads. Ballycogley was forfeited after the invasion and Richard Wadding is found in the list of those transplanted.

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Down through the years the castle passed by marriage into the family of the Barringtons where it remained until early in the last century.

Ballycogley Castle was sold in 1921 by a cousin of Major Charles Barrington from Cornwall.

The property today centres around a lovely two floor over basement Georgian residence that has been carefully refurbished in recent years in a manner that maintains most, if not all, of its original features.

Approached by a beautiful mature, tree-lined, stone walled avenue the house is well laid out, nicely proportioned with lots of character throughout.

All the original cornicing, window shutters, fireplaces and practically all the glass has been preserved while the requirements of modern living have been tastefully incorporated into the refurbished product.

The accommodation includes a reception hall, a lounge, a dining room an inner hallway, a living room, bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen with a beamed ceiling and a tiled floor. .

Upstairs are five bedrooms and a bathroom, while down in the basement there are three large rooms with beamed ceilings. The house is lived in by the current owners and the land has been rented for a number of years

Outbuildings

The outbuildings are of the classic Georgian style in two yards. The buildings include a range of cut stone stables in a lovely courtyard setting with plenty of potential for further development.

According to the auctioneer, it could be turned into a stud farm or an equestrian centre. The buildings, many of which are renovated, include stables, a cow house, two loose boxes an old coach house a modern garage, stores and a four span haybarn.

Also included in the property is a semi-derelict lodge.

There is an arched entrance to the courtyard at the side of the house with a separate rear entrance for the outbuildings and the land.

The lands extending to 77ac are all in tillage and described by John Keane as made up of top quality soil suited to any farming enterprise.

Laid out in up to eight big fields the divisions have extensive road frontage on two roads with extensive frontage on to the R739, the main road between Wexford and Kilmore Quay.

In recent years the ground was rented by a top class tillage farmer who has left it in excellent heart.

It is well fenced and along with the large tillage fields there are some small paddocks around the house.

According to Mr Keane "this is as good a farm as has come on the market around here for some time."

The property will be sold at public auction at 3pm on Friday, December 11 at the Talbot Hotel, Wexford.

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