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Thursday 22 March 2018

Grand old convent with land for sale

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The old Convent of Mercy at New Inn between Cashel and Clonmel in south Tipperary has come on the market with 24ac of ground.

The property (pictured right) will be sold at auction later this month and Brian Farrell of selling agents Brophy Farrell, Newbridge -- in association with joint agents Stokes and Quirke -- is guiding the sale of the lands at €10,000/ac and the convent building at €275,000.

Unlike many of such buildings, this convent was purpose built by the local parish priest between 1877 and 1879. It was blessed and opened by the famous Archbishop Croke and staffed by the Sisters of Mercy drawn from the convent at Charleville, Co Cork, where Dr Croke's sister was superior.

Located less than 19km from Clonmel and less than 10km from Cashel, the convent extends to 11,000sq ft and hosted a primary school and a secondary boarding school.

The primary school moved to a new building in 1965 and the secondary boarding school closed in 1985.

In 1987, up to 12 rooms on the first floor were converted for the care of older nuns, while in 1990 part of the building was developed as a centre for counselling and human development.

According to Mr Farrell, the building is in great condition. It has many of its original features such as the coving work, parquet flooring and ornate tiling. The first-floor accommodation the added attraction of 11ft-high ceilings.

Accommodation on the ground floor includes an entrance hall, chapel, parlour, a spacious kitchen, refectory, staff dining room, two bedrooms, a laundry room, a store and a lift servicing the upstairs accommodation.

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The first floor includes 15 bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sitting room and a nurses' station/kitchenette. An attic floor is home to six bedrooms, a library and a bathroom. The building is set on mature gardens with access to outbuildings.

The farmland, which can be sold separately from the convent, is described as excellent quality free-draining ground that is well-fenced and watered.

Currently under a mixture of tillage and grass, the ground is suitable to any type of farming and has substantial road frontage on to the old Cork to Dublin road.

The holding will be auctioned as an entire or in lots. Lot one will comprise the convent house on 1.8ac, while 22.7ac of land will make up lot two.

The property will be brought to auction at the Cashel Palace Hotel at 3pm on Wednesday, October 24.

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