Bessbrook Barracks for sale at bargain price

September 30, 2013

The latest country retreat to feature on the property market is a far cry from the usual rural escape most of us would imagine.

Bessbrook Barracks, the former police outpost situated in the heart of the idyllic south Armagh village, is being offered for sale at the bargain price of £95,000 after negotiations with a buyer fell through.

The half an acre site, which includes the main station complete with cells and a Sergeant’s house, was the scene of several IRA attacks during the Troubles, most notably a mortar attack in April 1987.

The historic 1950s station formed part of an extensive military installation in the village with the nearby former mill housing the Army’s main base in south Armagh and also the busiest helipad in Europe.

The Policing Board agreed the closure of Bessbrook station in 2009 after it was revealed that almost £700,000 was needed to be spent on major works to make the station fit for purpose.   The doors finally shut for the last time in 2012 to mixed reaction from local political representatives.

Nationalists in the area welcomed the move as many saw the presence of the fortified building as a legacy of an oppressive and unwelcome force on the local community.

Local SDLP councillor John Feehan said Bessbrook residents are now keen to see the site redeveloped.

“We’re hoping a developer might buy it and turn it into a health village with a doctor’s surgery and a pharmacy,” he said.