Five former garda stations sold at auction

Thursday 27 March 2014 21.14
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One of the buildings, in Lettermore, Co Galway, was last used as a garda station in the early 1980s
One of the buildings, in Lettermore, Co Galway, was last used as a garda station in the early 1980s
It still contains many items that point to its use as a policing hub
It still contains many items that point to its use as a policing hub

Five former garda stations have been sold at auction in Dublin this afternoon.

A further three buildings were withdrawn from sale.

The stations fetched between €55,000 and €260,000 during the bidding at a Dublin auctioneering firm.

The prices agreed  for the stations were as follows:

Mallow Road, Cork - €260,000
Grangemockler, Co Tipperary - €103,000
Baldwinstown, Co Wexford €75,000
Lettermore, Co Galway - €70,000
Inchigeela, Co Cork - €55,000

Two former stations in Co Longford, in Newtowncashel and Ardagh, along with another in Cloone, Co Leitrim, were withdrawn from sale.

A number of the stations were recently vacated, while others have been idle for decades.

The stations were all being sold as seen and required varying degrees of work to make them habitable.

The station in Lettermore, Co Galway had the lowest Advised Minimum Value.

It stands on just over an acre of land and includes a separate outhouse on the site.

The building was last used as a garda station in the early 1980s and has been untouched since then.

It still contains many items that point to its use as a policing hub.

At its busiest, the station would have housed up to six members of the force, who were responsible for policing the area and a number of offshore islands.

Last year, the Office of Public Works announced plans to sell a total of 40 unoccupied stations around the country.

Today's auction marked the start of the process. Others will go on the market in the coming months.

In addition to the sales, 13 other former stations have been handed over to local groups for use as community centres.