A MYSTERY couple were beaming as they picked up the Munster Rugby Store in Cork for the modest sum of €295,000.
The retail premises went under the hammer today at the Allsop Space Irish property auction at the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin.
Some 150 lots are up for sale - including a ghost estate in Cavan, a petrol station in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, and a takeaway in Ongar, Dublin.
Also sold was the former home of old-time popular ballad singer Robert Whittaker. The British artist is best known for his 1975 hit 'The Last Farewell' and appeared on Top of the Pops 10 times during the 70s.
He has recently moved to France due to the better weather and his Irish base - a former convent at Eyrecourt, Co Galway went under the hammer today with a reserve of €275,000 but sold for €285,000 to an internet bidder.
The cheapest property of the day was a derelict bungalow on 0.133 acres in Charleville, Co Cork. However it sold to a man in his mid 30s for €33,000.
"I was robbed," he joked - admitting that he had been hopeful of getting it much closer to the reserve of €15,000.
Robert Hogan of Allsop Space said there was a good mix of commercial and residential property at the auction. The most popular lots were commercial units with a solid existing tenant, he explained.
City properties in Dublin are also selling strongly, he said.