Farm of former Mormon bodyguard makes almost €750,000 at auction
Gordon Cobbe of GVM Tullamore had a successful day at the auction room recently when he sold an 83ac residential farm with unique Mormon connections at the Meelaghans on the outskirts of the Offaly town.
The place made €748,000, exceeding its guide by €148,000.
A cottage on the farm was home to Edward Egan, a poet and author who died in 1940.
It is also the ancestral home of Major Howard Egan, an Irish-American Mormon adventurer who lived the quintessential life of the frontiersman until his death in 1878.
He spent time as a body-guard to the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, and later years to Brigham Young, the leader who led the consolidation of the new church.
Extending to 83ac with a three-bedroom bungalow and a traditional yard, the farm with the Egan ancestral home was offered for sale in lots.
Located at a crossroads on the Portarlington road within 1km of Tullamore, the lands have extensive frontage on the main road and two by-roads. A 3ac portion is separated from the rest by the railway line.
The first lot was made up of the dwellings and yard on 21ac of fine dry grazing ground with frontage on to the main Portarlington road. The farmhouse is a three-bedroom pre-fabricated bungalow built in 1975.