Well-kept convent a ‘godsend’ for €225,000

The sale of convents around the country chronicles the rapidly changing status of the Catholic Church, one of Ireland’s largest and most enduring institutions.

Well-kept convent a ‘godsend’ for €225,000

New Inn, in South Tipperary, is the latest village where a former convent is for sale following on the sale of the former Mercy secondary school and convent in neighbouring Cahir for €400,000.

In Clogheen, the building became an acclaimed restaurant — called the Old Convent — but many substantial and architecturally significant buildings lie idle around the country.

New Inn’s well-maintained former Mercy Convent building is selling for €225,000. It is in remarkably good structural order, as it was in use until recently, having undergone extensive and sympathetic refurbishment in the early 2000s. It could be used as a private home or guest house.

The 11,000 sq ft building neighbours famed rugby academy, Rockwell College, and is 9km from historic Cashel. When the school closed, the building was used as a retirement home for Mercy sisters, until 2012, when it was sold. It has been let since then and is being sold with vacant possession.

The convent was built for the Mercy Sisters in 1877. It had a 23-acre farm and was run by nuns from Charleville, led by Archbishop Croke’s sister. As was the case around the country, the Mercy Sisters transformed education in New Inn and its surrounds.

The school expanded through the years and a boarding school was added in 1964. It has long had close ties with nearby Rockwell, sharing teachers and facilities.

The ground-floor contains a hallway, sitting room with cast-iron fireplace and a reception room that was formerly the chapel. The dining room has an ornate, cast-iron fireplace and the tiled kitchen includes an Aga cooker, double oven and a large steel canopy. On the first-floor are 15 bedrooms, two reception rooms, three bathrooms and a kitchen. The second floor is a converted attic with six bedrooms, a reception room, store and bathroom. There is oil-fired central heating throughout.

The grounds, which are approximately two acres, contain mature, formal gardens. A shelter belt of woodland protects the western end of the property.

For further information, contact Townshend Auctioneers on 01-5079430

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