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Grangemockler Garda Station to be after-school unit

The former Garda station in Grangemockler was bought last week by a local family who have plans to develop it as an after-school unit for local children.

The three-bedroom, two-storey detached house, with the adjoining single-storey former Garda station, was one of seven former stations sold on Friday at an auction which was the first of its kind in the history of the state.

The building had a guide price of €55,000 and was sold for €103,000.

The station closed early last year.

While he regretted that the village had been left without a Garda station, local Councillor Joe Brennan said the after-school unit would be a welcome development, especially as it would be located alongside St. Mary’s national school.

He was pleased that the building was sold and wouldn’t fall into disrepair.

A spokeswoman for the Office of Public Works (OPW), who had ownership of the stations, said she was “very happy” with the outcome of the auction. “There was very good interest in it today,” she said. “It was the first tranche of former Garda stations that have come on the market”.

The OPW is to auction another batch of stations, which the spokeswoman expects to take place in May or June.

 

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