Beagh Castle set to fetch €300k

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A castle on 17ac situated on the Shannon Estuary at Ballysteen in west Limerick is one of the more interesting properties to come on the market in recent times. For sale by private treaty it comes with a guide price of €299,000.

Beagh Castle is reputed to be a Geraldine fortification built in the 1200s on the site of a Viking fortification.

It later came into the possession of the Knight of Glin where it remained until 1569 when the Knight's heir was executed.

In 1578 it was given to William Drury and in 1657, after the Cromwellian wars, it was awarded to Sir Hardress Waller for his service to the Cromwellian cause.

During the Napoleonic wars it was part of the defences along the Shannon and subsequently served as a coastguard station from 1835 to 1860.

The pier adjoining the castle was used as a stop for the Shannon packet steamer in the late 19th and early 20th century.

In 1969, an Italian count and his American wife bought the castle at auction and gifted it to their daughter, the current owner.

In 2009 the owner got planning permission to convert a number of ruined cottages on the site into five holiday homes and a management office.

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A detached cottage on the site was also identified for restoration as part of the same scheme.

The trade off for the granting of planning permission took the form of a guarantee that the castle will be safeguarded as a ruin.

The current owner now wishes to sell Beagh Castle and its 17ac of grazing. The land is described as fine arable ground suited to grassland or tillage and while it could do with some attention, it is in good heart.

The sale is being handled by auctioneer Helen Cassidy, Clonbur, Co Galway.

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