Historic longford holding on the market
A 59ac residential farm property at Killeen, near Granard, Co Longford which is associated with the War of Independence is coming to auction with a guide of €500,000.
As we face 2016 the people and places with connections to that year and the momentous times that followed will be remembered and celebrated.
Longford will not be behind the door in celebrating its men and women from 1916, '21 and '22.
Among them is Seán Mac Eoin, commander of the North Longford Flying Column whose exploits were legendary and are renowned in particular for ambushes at Ballinalee in November 1920 and Clonfin in February 1921.
Mac Eoi, 'the Blacksmith of Ballinalee', went on to become Chief of Staff in the army and held government ministries during the 1940s and 1950s.
The 59ac residential farm at Killeen hosted Mac Eoin and some of his men the night before their famous ambush at Clonfin where the British commanding officer and four of his Auxiliaries were killed, and a sizeable quantity of firearms and ammunition captured by the IRA.
Since then the farm has changed considerably, the old farmhouse still survives but is unoccupied and was replaced with a new residence about 10 years ago that has all one would need for modern living.
Situated between Ballinalee and Granard, the farm is located in rolling countryside surrounded by good quality beef fattening land.