24 May 2022

Historic building with almost nine acres of zoned land in Offaly sold

The former Church of Ireland rectory in Birr has been sold.

The former Church of Ireland rectory in Birr has been sold.

A historic building in Offaly with almost nine acres of zoned land has been sold

Salters Sterling of the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland in Birr told the Midland Tribune that the former Church of Ireland Rectory on Glebe Street in Birr has been sold after being on the market since June 2021 when it became empty.

He said the sale was concluded in mid January. The new owner is someone who was living in Birr but with Lusmagh connections.

The former Rectory is a large, very fine building which was the home of successive Church of Ireland ministers for many years. Following the passing away of Archdeacon Wayne Carney in August 2020 its future became indefinite.

It's uncertain what price it sold for, but its minimum value when placed on the market was €950,000.

The property was built in the 1830s and contains 8.91 acres of zoned land with schematics for 34 terraced units subject to planning permission, and has the potential for an additional 41 units, subject to excavation and planning.

The rectory itself comprises of 390.7 square metres over two storeys, with a two-storey outbuilding to the rear with a corrugated roof, which would "benefit from upgrading at this stage of its history," according to the auctioneer's description. Five bedrooms are located on the first floor, with a workshop, former kitchen, pantry and wine cellar also on ground level, while outside there is a lofted coach house with pony stable.

A gate lodge of 45.17 square metres is also included in the property, which contains a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

Planning permission was previously granted in November 2019 for the construction of a new storey and a half rectory and single storey domestic garage on the land.

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