History in the making in Wexford's Redshire Barn
Very little seems to be known about the provenance of Redshire Barn in Wexford. It appears on the historical Ordnance Survey maps from the late 19th-early 20th century, but looks like a much older building.
Its more recent history is better known. For a time it was the home of Gemma Hussey, minister for education in Garret FitzGerald's coalition government between 1982 and 1986.
It's a long, low, two-storey building – five metres deep and 29 metres long – with something of the look of a coach-house. Inside it's all thick stone walls, deep-set dual-aspect windows, quarry-tiled floors, roof beams and stone fireplaces.
Yet despite its ample internal dimensions of 2,906 sq ft, it has only four bedrooms. That is likely to be because there's an abundance of other rooms, all large, separated by a warren-like layout of hallways and corridors.
The house is entered through a sizeable (16 ft by 14 ft) hall. The kitchen, 18 ft by 16 ft, is served by both a utility room and a laundry. The laundry alone measures over 14 ft by 12 ft. There are also two bedrooms on the ground floor as well as a shower room and a storeroom.
The main sitting room is on the first floor and measures 22 ft by 16 ft. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on this level, as well as a study which might be used as a bedroom.
Redshire Barn stands on four acres of grounds and gardens which include a tennis court, lawns, stables and a paddock, as well as years' worth of planting of flowering shrubs and trees. A garage adjoins the house.
The property is about two kilometres from the village of Murrintown, which has a shop, a pub, a church and a school. Wexford town is about 10 kilometres away.
Sherry FitzGerald Haythornthwaite in Wexford (053 914 6046) is handling the sale of Redshire Barn for €400,000.