Auctioneer John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde Property Services in Clonakilty has set a tender date of June 10 for the disposal of the historic building. It faces the racecourse across the River Feale, andhas access from Convent Road/Greenville Road, along with pedestrian access from the Ballybunion road.
The convent building was associated with the Presentation Order since the early 1840s, and the nuns first established a primary school, following in the early 1900s with a new secondary school building also, catering for many hundreds of girls from a wide catchment. The order announced the decision to close the original convent building in 2007. It’s understood that a sale was agreed to a private buyer, but that that sale never concluded.
Now, it has been marketed once more, on just over three acres and although Mr Hodnett wouldn’t be drawn on a guide price, Munster market sources suggest a value in the €500,000/€600,000 region.
It may have some residential development scope, or suit for development of a nursing home or similar, it is suggested, in line with its ancillary residential/community facilities zoning.
The building will need significant spending to get back to comfortable standards after being disused for a number of years but “offers great future potential,” according to Mr Hodnett, noting it has mains services and good profile and accessibility in Listowel.