THE FORMER garda station in Doon was sold at auction for more than twice the guide price.
Some thought it wouldn’t sell at all because of its dilapidated condition and it is listed as a historic building with Limerick County Council.
However, on the plus side it is a piece of local history - built in the late 1800s - with an excellent location on the Limerick side of the village. The auction was held by Noel Corcoran Auctioneers, who said they were “very happy” with the outcome, in the Horse and Jockey Hotel. They had guided at between €15,000 and €20,000 but the hammer fell at €50,000
“We had plenty of interest from the Doon locality. We had four active bidders and the highest bid ended up being €50,000,” said Mr Corcoran.
The Limerick Leader understand it was bought by a gentleman from the Doon area. It is not known what he plans to do with the former garda station but if he would like to highlight it please contact the newsdesk.
Mr Corcoran describes it as a “fine, big two-storey building” but in need of total refurbishment.
“There was phenomenal interest in all the garda stations we had up for sale. Dundrum guided at between €50,000 and €60,000 and it made €90,000. While Ballinure was guiding at between €60,00 and €70,000 and it sold for €100,000,” said Mr Corcoran.
Doon garda station hit the headlines after it was ear-marked for closure by the Government. Thousands of signatures were collected to try and save the station.
Doon Historical Society had applied to take over the building for the community.
Gerry Connors, secretary of the society, knows the property well as he policed the parish of Doon for 32 years from 1967 to 1999. When he came in the Sixties the former RIC barracks was still being lived in as well as being a garda station. After it fell into disrepair a prefab was placed outside it.
They had hoped to take ownership of and said it “left a very bad taste in the mouth” that they only found out it was going for auction when contacted by the Leader.