Birr presbytery is sold – Offaly Express

THE FORMER Church of Ireland Rectory on Glebe Street has been sold.
Salters Sterling, of the Church of Ireland Representative Church in Birr, told the Midland Tribune the building had been on the market since June 2021 when it emptied.
He said the sale closed in mid-January. The new owner is someone who used to live in Birr but with Lusmagh connections.
The Old Rectory is a large and very fine building which was the residence of successive ministers of the Church of Ireland for many years. Following the passing of Archdeacon Wayne Carney in August 2020, his future has become undefined.
It is not known at what price it sold, but its minimum value when it was put on the market was €950,000.
The property was built in the 1830s and contains 8.91 acres of land zoned with plans for 34 terraced units subject to planning permission, and has the potential for a further 41 units, subject to excavation and planning .
The presbytery itself comprises 390.7 square meters over two floors, with a two-story outbuilding at the rear with a corrugated iron roof, which “would benefit from an upgrade at this stage in its history”, according to the description of the auctioneer. Five bedrooms are located on the first floor, with a workshop, old kitchen, pantry and wine cellar also on the ground floor, while outside there is a shed with pony stable.
A 45.17 square meter gatehouse is also included in the property, which contains a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
Planning permission was previously granted in November 2019 for the construction of a new one-and-a-half-storey presbytery and single-storey domestic garage on the land.

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