Tuesday 27 September 2016

Historic longford holding on the market

Jim O'Brien

Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30

The substantial residence and 59ac is located at Killeen near Granard, Co Longford
The substantial residence and 59ac is located at Killeen near Granard, Co Longford

A 59ac residential farm property at Killeen, near Granard, Co Longford which is associated with the War of Independence is coming to auction with a guide of €500,000.

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As we face 2016 the people and places with connections to that year and the momentous times that followed will be remembered and celebrated.

Longford will not be behind the door in celebrating its men and women from 1916, '21 and '22.

Among them is Seán Mac Eoin, commander of the North Longford Flying Column whose exploits were legendary and are renowned in particular for ambushes at Ballinalee in November 1920 and Clonfin in February 1921.

Mac Eoi, 'the Blacksmith of Ballinalee', went on to become Chief of Staff in the army and held government ministries during the 1940s and 1950s.

The 59ac residential farm at Killeen hosted Mac Eoin and some of his men the night before their famous ambush at Clonfin where the British commanding officer and four of his Auxiliaries were killed, and a sizeable quantity of firearms and ammunition captured by the IRA.

Since then the farm has changed considerably, the old farmhouse still survives but is unoccupied and was replaced with a new residence about 10 years ago that has all one would need for modern living.

Situated between Ballinalee and Granard, the farm is located in rolling countryside surrounded by good quality beef fattening land.

The property extends to 59ac are all under grass, are well fenced throughout with road frontage at two points to the public road.

Facilities

The yard is made up of a range of dated farm buildings and cattle handling facilities including the former farmhouse - a substantial two-storey traditional structure in need of total repair.

The accommodation includes three reception rooms, nine bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The current farmhouse is a modern building with six bedrooms all with ensuite accommodation.

It includes a kitchen/living room a TV room, bathroom and a utility with two bedrooms located on the downstairs and fitted with ensuites.

Upstairs are the remaining bedrooms and another bathroom.

The property will be sold at auction as an entire or in lots where the residence on 0.781ac can be sold separately.

The sale takes place at the Longford Arms Hotel, Longford at 3pm on Friday, June 5.

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