Doonass House on the banks of the River Shannon in Clonlara, Co Clare is now a burned out ruin.
It was one of the finest estates around Limerick City in its day and was built by the family of a Cromwellian soldier who lost it after the famine.
Eighty years later it housed German engineers and scientists building the Shannon program and in the mid-20th century the house and grounds passed to the son of an Israeli president. It was laterally owned by the O’Sullivan family.
The Ruins of Doonass, Farm and Gatehouse at 116ac will be auctioned in December and listed for €1.5 million.
One of the largest properties to come on the market near Limerick City in some time, it consists of mature grassland with some mature woodland on the banks of the Shannon near the famous Doonass Falls.
The 18th-century house was originally the center of a much larger estate owned by the Massy family.
The Massys came to Ireland as part of Cromwell’s army and were the reigning landowners in Doonass until the famine.
In the 1820s they remodeled the house and added a tower to provide a better view of Doonass Falls, but two decades later the Great Famine decimated the area and the Massys eventually sold the property in the Encumbered Estate sales .
The site changed hands a number of times and during the construction of the Shannon program it was home to German engineers, scientists and electricians.
The Germans apparently ran an illegal liquor store out of the basement, selling their local wine to the locals, until this was put to an end when 1,400 bottles of wine from two cellars were confiscated in the basement of the house.
In the 1950s the house was bought by Benjamin Weizman, son of Chaim Weizman, the first President of Israel. Its last owners were the O’Sullivan family and the building was destroyed by fire in 2009.
The outbuildings in the original cobbled courtyard at the rear have been spared and are described as beautiful carved stone buildings by Richard Ryan of GVM Kilmallock.
Although somewhat overgrown, they have tremendous potential for agriculture or settlement. The walled garden was also spared and, together with the gatehouse, has been restored to its former glory.
While the country has many riverbanks to the Shannon, most of it is on an elevated topsoil and is “as good as it can be” for all grass-based farming operations, says Ryan.
The property will go on sale online and at the GVM Limerick auction rooms on Friday 9 December at 3pm. Prospective customers are asked to register with the auctioneers prior to the auction.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/farm-property/munster-farm-sales/huge-potential-and-ground-as-good-as-you-will-get-at-doonass-house-for-15m-42144141.html Huge potential and floor ‘as good as it gets’ at the €1.5m Doonass House