Farewell to Warrenstown
FARMERS who once studied in Warrenstown Agricultural College take note as the property is expected to go under the hammer for between €650,000 and €700,000.
The remaining portion of the property, which previously offered agriculture and horticulture courses under the Salesian order, includes Warrenstown House, a 10,000sq ft period residence, a coachyard, an extensive range of outbuildings, garaging, glasshouses and mature grounds on 72ac of Meath grazing lands bordered by the River Skane, near Drumree.
Auctioneer Thomas Potterton describes the place as a fine estate set around a magnificent period residence. He believes that, along with its agricultural value, the property has huge potential in the area of tourism and leisure.
A farmer paid €13.5m in 2008 for the 450-acre Warrenstown Farm, which was originally part of the college.
The property gained its name from the Warrens of Warrenstown, an old English settler family who landed in Ireland in the 17th century.
Peter Warren, born on the estate in 1703 became an admiral in the Royal Navy and married Suzanne De Lancey the daughter of a wealthy New York merchant whose dowry included the largest estate on Manhattan Island where New York now stands. Sir Peter later acquired a 14,000ac estate of his own in the Mohawk Valley in New York.
Following Sir Peter's sudden death in 1752 Warrenstown was left to his sister and her son John Johnson. Decades later his granddaughters, Annette Leonard and Elizabeth Lynch, inherited the estate.
Warrenstown College as we know it now it owes its origins to the generosity to Ms Lynch who died in Italy in 1917.