A fine farmhouse in Wexford that was once home to rebels and artists

Ballyregan House, Killinick, Co Wexford €695,000

Old IRA man Rory O’Connor was executed in December 1922. The man who sentenced him to death was Kevin O’Higgins, the Minister of Justice in the Provisional Government.

That O’Connor and O’Higgins were on opposite sides of the Civil War was made even more jarring by the fact that the two men had been good friends. Not much more than a year before O’Connor’s death by firing squad, he had posed for photographs as best man at O’Higgins’ wedding.

O’Connor was also with Dr. James H. Anglim, a family doctor and farmer who lived at Ballyregan House. O’Connor spent much of his free time in Ballyregan with his friend Jack Yeats.

A series of photos from May 1922 shows them all chatting, smoking, dancing and doing a little target practice.


The sitting room of the early Victorian estate near Killinick

You can certainly see the appeal of the place as it is one of those elegant but comfortable old farmhouses with intricate meandering gardens and towering outbuildings. It is set on 12 acres of mature trees and paddocks.

According to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage it dates from between 1800 and 1840 (it is on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey map) and is a fine example of Wexford’s early 19th century inland architectural heritage.

It has been owned for several generations by descendants of Dr. Anglim and they’ve kept it in good condition, although a modernizing hand won’t hurt.

It is 3,356 sq ft on two main floors plus a loft with a skylight. The first floor has six bedrooms – two with en-suite bathrooms and one with a balcony – and some of these could usefully be joined together. Below there is a formal reception room on either side of the hall, with a kitchen behind it, and a third reception room in an annex to the rear with a solid fuel stove.

Ballyregan House is for sale from Sherry FitzGerald Radford (053) 914 6046 for €695,000.

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