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‘You deserve somebody who knows why you’re rare’, so the poet Mark Anthony said. Perhaps he was talking about St. Mary
s Hall which has just come to the market for the first time in its history. St. Marys Hall is an impressive, imposing building which stands at a prominent location on a side street close to the Main Street and Market Square in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan.
This late Victorian six-bay,two-storey former parish hall, built in 1888 by the Rev. Fr. Flood, has over the years been the focal point of a wide range of activities undertaken by the local community. It could be described as ‘The Ballroom of Romance’ for past generations and many will recall with great pleasure the late Fr Nicholas Foley`s pantomime when the rafters rang with music and laughter. The hall has witnessed the foundation of local clubs and organisations, the St. Mary’s Brass & Reed Band played their first practice notes there in 1915 and the band, of course, is still going strong. The hall was used by the Badminton Club for over a quarter of a century as well as being used by the local branch of the Boy Scouts, the Apostolic Work Society, the Legion of Mary, Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Prayer Groups, the Pioneers and the Folk Choir. In recent times it housed the popular local library.
A fine example of late 19th century architecture, the former parish hall is built of stone with limestone quoins and deep moulded red brick cornice, a pitched slate roof with feature-crested terracotta ridge tiles, stepped red brick chimneystacks to gable ends with saw-tooth collars and clay pots, terracotta finial to apex of porch and carved limestone kneelers to gable end walls and to entrance porch. Concrete steps to either side of the porch provide access to first floor doorways. An oil-fired central heating system is installed.
Internal accommodation occupies approximately 306 sq.m, briefly comprising entrance hall, three rooms, ladies and gents toilets, boiler room and kitchen on ground floor. First floor accommodation consists of two rooms and ladies and gents toilets. The potential for this property is endless, given its size and location it’s sure to be suited for a number of business enterprises or for residential use.
ZONING St. Mary`s Hall is a protected structure and is zoned ‘Town Core’ in the Cavan County Development Plan 2022-2028.
“Town Core” as stated in County Development Plan ‘Protect and enhance the special physical and social character of the town and village core while providing and/or improving town/village centre facilities.’ ‘ Develop and consolidate these town/village cores with an appropriate mix of commercial, recreational, cultural, leisure and residential uses, and to enhance and develop their urban fabric in accordance with the principles of urban design, conservation and sustainable development.’
LOCATION Kingscourt is known for the innovative and entrepreneurial acumen of many of its locals with some firms commanding national and international brand recognition. Gypsum Industries, part of the Saint-Gobain group, is a major employer and Kingspan, with its worldwide presence, is headquartered locally too. There are several other notable employers in the town including Kingscourt Brick, now part of the Lagan Group, O`Reilly Concrete, Cabra Castle Hotel and Paramount Door Systems as well as many cafes, pubs and retail stores along the main street.
Kingscourt is a busy market town located near the borders of Meath, Louth and Monaghan. It lies between the N2 and N3, north of the N52. Nearby principal towns include Carrickmacross (8 miles), Ardee (12.5 miles), Kells (14 miles), Navan (20 miles), Dundalk (21 miles) and Cavan (27.5 miles). Set close by is the beautiful Cabra Castle, a popular wedding venue. Adjacent is Dún a’ Rí Forest Park, set in a tranquil glen along the banks of the River Cabra. Stroll through deep, leafy glades over old bridges and see marvellous views north to Slieve Gullion in Co. Armagh and the Mountains of Mourne. Also close by is Muff Rock, scene of an annual horse fair, widely regarded as the oldest horse fair in Ireland.
This monumental property is now ready for the next stage in its long history, and viewing is highly recommended.
VIEWING An early inspection of this property comes highly recommended by the selling agent. In addition to business hours, viewings can usually be accommodated by us in the evenings and at weekends. In order to arrange your own private viewing, telephone selling agent, Eamonn Shields 087 9181397 or 046 9022100
FEATURES Zoned Town Core in development plan Large building spanning 306 sq.m approximately Iconic building steeped in history Suitable for a variety of uses Great location close to Main Street Large open-plan room upstairs
The property occupies a prominent position on Hall Street, only a few minutes walk to the town centre, close to amenities and facilities Kingscourt has to offer. Eircode A82 D1H7
Total Internal Floor Area: c. 306 sqm (3294 sqft)
Asking Price €225,000