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Titanic sale as home of liner's boss is auctioned

Historic Costello Lodge, Casla, Connemara, Co Galway, is one of the jewels for the auction which DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonards will hold in Galway on May 10.

Among the other nine residential properties in the catalogue will be St Claires, Taylors Hill, Galway, a six-bedroom detached house of 2,500sq ft with a €600,000 guide price.

The cheapest will be a two-bedroom town house at Railway Avenue, Clifden with a €60,000 guide price.

The 10,000sq ft Costello Lodge is nestled on 11.5 acres and it has a €395,000 guide price.

In 1913 this former fishing lodge was transformed by the infamous Joseph Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, which owned the Titanic ship.

Ismay became a social castaway on both sides of the Atlantic after he was reputed to have boarded a boat reserved for women and children, to save himself from the sinking ship.

Afterwards, he received very bad press. However during his time in Casla, locals spoke of a shy, kind-hearted, intelligent man, who had a good relationship with his staff and the locals.

Mr Ismay resided in the property with his family from about a year after the Titanic disaster until he died in 1939. It was sold subsequently, and again in 1981, when it was bought by Jack and Agnes Toohey whose clothing company, Doreen Holdings, became a major garment manufacturer, and had outlets in Ireland and the UK.

The numerous bay windows and balconies provide views towards Galway Bay and the Twelve Pins mountain range.

In need of some upgrading, it has potential to become a large family home, a boutique hotel, or a specialist centre.

Ground floor accommodation includes a large reception room, a living room, a sunroom, a drawing room, a dining room, a pantry, a kitchen, a utility room, toilets, a breakfast room, and a games room.

At the first floor levelthere is a sitting room, sun terrace, eight bedrooms, and five bathrooms.

Included on the grounds are also three out garages, carports, and out offices.

Contact DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard on 091 565261.

Irish Independent