Historic old Town Hall guiding at €350,000

A waterfront slice of old Cobh, and Queenstown before it, has come up for sale, with some novel additional features.

Historic old Town Hall guiding at €350,000

Listed with estate agent Cearbhall Behan of Behan Irwin Gosling is Cobh’s old Town Hall, and a length of waterfront jetty too, in the very heart of the Cork harbour town, at Lynch’s Quay/East Beach.

There’s scope to link in with maritime traffic in and around the harbour, and perhaps to serve new amenities expected to come on stream, such as the multi-million euro tourism investment on-going at the former Fort Mitchel and jail at Spike Island, Ireland’s Alcatraz.

A phased investment of as much as €40 million has been proposed for the 103 acre Spike Island and its 18th century star fort near the Naval base at Haulbowline.

Mr Behan say the property offer “is quite unique,” as it includes the one-time Cobh Town Hall, a protected structure, adjacent to the harbour and marked at its south-west corner on the water’s edge with a distinctive clock tower much photographed by tourists.

That building is currently operating as a Chinese restaurant, with 750 sq ft of seating, plus it has a similar size outdoor terrace, held on a 21 year lease from 2010. Rent is €40,000 per annum from the restaurant business.

A separate element of the overall package is the wharfage, a jetty, with water frontage and a total surface area of about a quarter acre, with car parking.

A previous planning application was made for a 2,100 sq m development as part of plans for a high-speed ferry service, to berth at Cobh, Monkstown, Rochestown and Cork city centre, and it has been the registered offices of Harbour Cat Ferries.

Now, the jetty has a specific zoning for a water taxi service, while to the west along the waterfront, Port of Cork is enlarging berths for cruise ships, and a new yacht marina is being developed closer to Whitepoint.

“Cobh continues to be a large tourist attraction,” notes Mr Behan, referencing the town’s links to the Titanic and the Lusitania, St Colman’s Cathedral, the Queenstown Story in the Heritage Centre, the Titanic trail, and the Titanic Experience, harbour cruises, Spike Island tours, museum, road train, etc.

Guide price for the property at Lynch’s Quay East Beach is €350,000, in one lot.

The building regularly features as a point for Titanic commemorations.

DETAILS: Behan Irwin Gosling 021-4270007

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