Four on the market: old post offices
A choice of four properties which were formerly post offices.
Caher, Feakle, Co Clare
€250k Green Valley Properties (061) 921 498
Caher Post Office achieved notoriety in 1988, when a man believed to have been a member of the IRA was shot by Special Branch gardaí during an attempted armed robbery.
The property consists of two two-storey buildings - the former shop and post office, which closed in 2001, and the adjacent postmistress's house, the whole on just over half (0.54) of an acre with a stone outbuilding. Combined, the two houses have the makings of seven bedrooms.
They need refurbishment now but their big advantage is the location on the southern shore of Lough Graney, across the road from a fishing pier.
The Post Office, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow
€230k Seek & Sell Auctioneers (045) 913 935
Kiltegan Post Office has had several incarnations since it was built in the mid-19th century. It's marked on early maps as a dispensary, and is given honourable mention in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage under the name 'Mary's Mini Market'. It's a substantial building, at 2,609 sq ft, and as you'd expect it's in the village centre, with Kiltegan GAA club out the back. The ground floor has a living room and kitchen as well as the former shop, which is over 27ft by 16ft and has French doors. There are five bedrooms upstairs, along with a shower room and bathroom, and there's a cellar too.
Ballynashannagh, Co Donegal
€210k Franklins (074) 918 8000
The Royal Navy frigate Saldanha sank in Lough Swilly in December 1811, with the loss of all 253 souls, not including the captain's parrot, who was reportedly shot later accidentally. The wreck provided useful salvage for the occupants of a farmhouse at Ballynashannagh, as its timbers were used to add a second storey to the house. The adjoining building would later become the village shop and post office. The main house has a kitchen, two reception rooms, an office and four bedrooms while the annexe has a kitchen/ living room and two bedrooms, and it's on five acres.
Moyglass, Fethard, Co Tipperary
€180k Power & Walsh (051) 640 528
The Catholic church in Moyglass was built in the late 20th century and dedicated to St Joseph the Worker. Across the road from it is the former post office with a residence attached. In all, the building measures 1,195 sq ft with two reception rooms, the kitchen and a shower room on the ground floor, along with the former shop and post office which still has the counter. One bedroom is also on this level and has stairs up to two more bedrooms on the first floor. Next door but one is the village pub, going by the name Ned Kelly's, as Moyglass is the Australian rebel's ancestral home.