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Piltown House sold for close to €300k

OVER 60 people crowded into Thomas Byrne's Southgate premises for the auction of historic Piltown House, near Drogheda.

The 18th century mansion on 5.6 acres which had a guide price of €350,000 was withdrawn at €275,000 and sold immediately afterwards.

The property, which is almost completely derelict, would cost in the region of €800,000 to restore according to Tommy Byrne, who was 'delighted with the sale'.

He would not confirm the final price paid for the house or if the buyer was from the local area or even Ireland.

Commenting on the auction, he said:' This is a very rare occurrence and indicates that there are buyers out there if properties are at realistic prices,' said Tommy, who also sold razing land and a derelict house on the same afternoon.

Piltown House has been in ruins since it was burned down in October 2006. It was built in 1830 by the Brodigan family and later described as 'striking beautiful mansion'.

In the auction literature, the house is listed as having 11 bedrooms and one bathroom.

For many years before the fire, conservationists had been lobbying Meath County Council to have the privately-owned house preserved.

The other sale at the auction was of two lots at Rathdaniel, Collon, of 14 acres of very rough grazing lands were knocked down at €82,000, which was guiding at €87,000. The second lot, also at Rathdaniel, Collon, County Louth was 'a virtually derelict house' on 2.25 acres of very rough ground. It went for €83,000.