Sailing centre on track to berth willing buyers

FIRST the train left the station, then the station left the town — so what’s now coming down the tracks for this Baltimore, West Cork, coastal property?

Leased for a number of years to the international Glenans Sailing Centre (and being sold by Fáilte Ireland which is currently involved in the sale of a number of Munster sites and properties,) the one-time rail station and station master’s house all on a 1.3 acre site is guided at €350,000 by selling agents Brian Edwards and Eoin Ryan of DTZ Sherry FitzGerald.

The proposed sale has been criticised locally as a loss to Baltimore’s maritime history and services, as Glenans had developed the centre since 1969 in association with the French-founded volunteer organisation. Glenans spread from Baltimore to Bere Island, and to Clew Bay in Mayo, but wound up in 2103. A successor sailing organisation, Glenua/Baltimore Maritime Centre, has said the old rail station has scope for expanded activities and training, tied in to Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way promotion.

Selling agents DTZ note its 180 metres of frontage on the long site, centrally set in the sailing, fishing and tourism village, with an expanded seasonal and summer population, and lots of holiday homes. It’s set across the road from the new north pier, and next on its edge is the large Mariner’s Cove holiday homes complex, while marina plans have been drafted and mooted for this location in the recent past.

The site has several buildings, including the original 1890s 2,100 sq ft rail station which closed along with the line in the 1960s, The two-storey station master’s house was recently extended and has 2,442 sq ft with dorms, bathrooms, wet rooms and changing rooms used by sailors at Glenans. It includes a two-bed apartment, with external access.

Also on the site is a covered yard and a steel-frame warehouse of 1,750 sq ft, with direct access to the north pier. The property is being sold “with the benefit of vacant possession,” say DTZ, who add that it should be of interest to marine users, neighbouring businesses and property owners and others.

Also being sold by the same agents, and likely to be for Fáilte Ireland, is a seven acre scenic parcel of water-fronting land at Bull Point, next to Baltimore’s redeveloped and expanded RNLI lifeboat station.

Setting is at the northern outskirts of the village, near the north pier and Mariner’s Cove holiday village, with village, harbour and Sherkin Island views.

Eoin Ryan of DTZ says “it presents a unique opportunity to acquire extensive lands close to Baltimore village with unrivalled views of the harbour,” and Brian Edwards adds it could attract water-related users due to its position. Guide price for the 7.3 acres is €125,000.

* Details: DTZ Sherry FitzGerald 021-4275454


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