There’s been interest and a few site visits in advance of the sale by tender of the former Presentation Convent, in Listowel, Co Kerry.
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.
Details: Hodnett Forde (023) 8833367
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