Historic castle on the market

October 9, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Historic Killeavy Castle and estate, nestled in an area of outstanding beauty, has been put on the market for almost £1m.

The two hundred year old castle has lately been the focus of a restoration campaign, spearheaded by local art student, Deaglan Mulgrew.  Deaglan had spoken to The Examiner in recent months about his concerns for the building and set up a series of meetings to discuss restoring the castle to its former glory.

Bell’s Castle, as it is also known, has been part of South Armagh’s heritage since the first half of the 19th century, having been built by the Foxall family and subsequently owned by the Bell family until the death of Maureen Bell in 2000.

As part of his efforts to ensure the revitalisation of the castle, Deaglan had remained in close contact with architects from the Building Heritage, working closely with them and the Building Preservation Trust in trying to move forward with restoration plans.

Now, the grade one listed building is for sale with the farm and surrounding estate of 134 acres on the market as a single lot or multiple lots for a guide price of £975,000. Garry Best, Director of Best Property Services describes the sale as a rare opportunity to purchase an historic castle within an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Mr Best also revealed that planning permission has already been agreed for a reinstated Gatelodge which sits on a building site of 0.65 acres and can be offered as a separate lot to the farm.

Restoration campaigner, Deaglan, told us that, while he had hoped the owner would consider his group before putting the castle on the market, he had no doubt that the castle “has a better future ahead.” Mr Mulgrew expressed his hope that whoever buys the castle will do so because they have some connection with the heritage of South Armagh and an interest in preserving the building’s history.