A record price of €390,000 was achieved for a house and 13.6 acres at a public auction in Ennis this week.
The house, located between the church and school in Deerpark, Doora, was the home of the late Fr Paddy Lynch. The house is set back some 350 metres from the road and is approached by a tree-lined avenue.
Dating to the 1700s, it is a small period house and is need of refurbishment. Nevertheless, more than 35 parties viewed the house over the past five weeks and in excess of 60 people packed the Lemenagh Room in the Old Ground Hotel for the auction on Thursday afternoon.
“Bidding opened at €200,000 and briskly reached €370,000 in €10,000 increments. Five further bids brought down the hammer at €390,000,” auctioneer, Paddy Darmody of Sherry FitzGerald MccMahon reported.
“I have been with Sherry FitzGerald McMahon for more than 35 years and this house is unique in that it is a small country ‘pile’ located less than 10 minutes from Ennis town centre and five minutes from the M18 motorway. Its uniqueness resulted in the unprecedented level of viewings and the turnout at the auction. The result is proof positive of a genuine lift in confidence in the market after six years of negative sentiment,” Mr Darmody said.