Little bit of history

A SLICE of local Midleton commercial life, plus the attractions of 0.4 acres of gardens in a town setting, come with 22, St Mary’s Road.

This semi-detached period home has some stature, and was built initially by local contractor Jeremiah Coffey, who is also credited locally with building churches throughout east Cork, in spots like Midleton itself (across from this house,) in Ballycotton and Mogeely.

A neighbour still recalls the story of when Mr Coffey passed away how “when he lay dying in the house, straw was placed on the road outside from the bottom of the Rock right up St Mary’s Road so that the noise of traffic outside, cars and horse and carts, would not intrude unduly on his last moments!”

No 22 was later, in the early 1970s, acquired by another local business family, the Kellys, who had a pharmacy on Thomas Street, and now as it comes up for sale once more with agent Adriana Hegarty, is has the attractions of gardens, orchard and outbuildings, and also planning permission for five bungalows in the grounds.

Estate agent Adrianna Hegarty seeks offers at the €450,000 AMV, based more on the residential value than its development value, and notes it “oozes potential and could be upgraded and successfully transformed into a desirable family home.”

She describes the five-bedroomed two-storey home with two reception roms, plus pantry and utility, as “ideal for all those looking for a conveniently located home with classic period charm.”

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