Keelogue's for sale with a price tag of €279,000

The former Keelogue’s Institute in Barntown...for sale with 15 acres.
The former Keelogue’s Institute in Barntown...for sale with 15 acres.

THE former Keelogue's Institute complex, home to Wexford Youthreach for almost 20 years, is up for sale at a price of €279,000.

According to auctioneers Sherry Fitzgerald Haythornthwaite the property, which sits on 15 acres, is in 'great order'.

The auctioneers say the complex of four buildings standing around a central courtyard, is suitable for a variety of businesses.

'With a little modification, it could also be a hobby farm with an excellent house and outbuildings on land close to everything Wexford has to offer'.

Meanwhile, the Wexford Waterford ETB has revealed that it was paying the Keelogue's Institute more than €16,500 a year in rent during the time Wexford Youthreach was based there.

Chief executive Clare McMahon said the then-VEC was paying Keelogues a half yearly rental of €8,253, the figure 'substantially the same' throughout Wexford Youthreach's time there.

According to figures provided by the ETB, the then-VEC paid almost €131,000 to Keelogue's Institute between December 2004 and 2012, including €5,000 for the purchase of a 98-registered bus, bought in February 2005, for the students using the facility.

The figures show there is an amount pending payment of €8,470 for rent from January to July, 2013, which will be paid once Keelogues Institute's current tax clearance certificate is received.

The 2004-2013 figures provided by the ETB do not include any amounts spent on capital funding at Keelogues by the VEC.

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