Tuesday 16 July 2019

Good bones in Drogheda period pad less than 40km from Dublin airport

16 Legavoureen Park, Co Louth €390k

The sitting room at the back of the house
The sitting room at the back of the house
Number 16 has had a major refurbishment

It is reported that five human skeletons were unearthed during the building of St Mary's Cottages in Drogheda back in 1891.

It was thought that the bodies were those of Cromwellian soldiers who met their end while storming Drogheda in 1649. One skull still contained a bullet.

The Drogheda Independent reported that as recently as 1975 another skeleton was found when the occupants of one of the houses were building an extension.

The cottages were built by the Cairnes Trust, established by the brewing magnate Thomas Plunkett Cairnes with the aim of allowing the working classes of the town to live with decency.

Number 16 has had a major refurbishment
Number 16 has had a major refurbishment

The Trust went on to build another 22 houses across the road from St Mary's Cottages, at Legavoureen Park, between 1928 and 1938. Although there were no reports of skeletons found during that phase of construction, you never know what you might dig up in the garden.

Not that there's any occasion to mess with the back garden of Number 16, as it's just lovely as it is. It's in a cottage style, with lawns, roses, flowerbeds, lavender, gravel pathways and a paved patio.

Number 16 last sold in 2016, according to the Property Price Register, fetching €295,000 in December of that year. Its new owners set about a major refurbishment, not forgetting the garden of course. They upgraded the heating, plumbing and wiring, and added new floors - limestone in the case of the entrance hall.

Off this are the dining room and the sitting room, with the kitchen at the back with French doors to the patio. Upstairs are three bedrooms, in an overall floor area of 1,130 sq ft.

It's less than 40km from here to Dublin airport and there are frequent trains to the city from Drogheda station.

Number 16 is for sale for €390,000 with REA O'Brien Collins (041) 987 5444.

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