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Unknown buyer shines through in race to secure lighthouse sale

Declan O'Brien

Published 28/06/2011 | 05:00

Duncannon
North Lighthouse, which has
views over the Suir estuary, was
sold for around €300,000
Duncannon North Lighthouse, which has views over the Suir estuary, was sold for around €300,000

A solicitor acting in trust for an unknown buyer saw off a local bidder to purchase Duncannon North Lighthouse, in Co Wexford's Hook Head.

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Ann Carton, of local estate agents PN O'Gorman Auctioneers, had received a number of enquiries for the property in the run-up to the recent auction but bidding was confined to three parties on the day of the sale.

The auction opened at €100,000 and the three bidders were still in the running at €275,000. The three then became two and they battled it out to €300,000, at which point the property was put on the market and sold.

The lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper's cottage are set into a series of granite and York stone terraces overlooking the picturesque fishing village of Duncannon.

It is still in use today as a fixed beacon light and is serviced by Waterford Port Authority.

The keeper's cottage is a three-bedroom house, with a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and studio.

The property is approached by a private 270m tarmac drive and the grounds are laid out over three levels, all boasting uninterrupted views over the Suir estuary and the Hook Head.

Outbuildings include a potting shed, old battery store, boiler house and fuel store.

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