Priory land in village sold with guide price of €5m

By Mary Dennehy

ACTIVITY has been spotted on land adjoining St Mary’s Priory in Tallaght Village, with The Echo understanding that plans for the 2.46 acres site may include a nursing home.

Owned by the Dominican Fathers, the 2.46 acres pocket of land went on the market in 2019 with a guide price of €5 million – selling in December 2020 for an undisclosed sum.

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The Priory land in Tallaght village sold for an undisclosed sum with a guide price of €5 million in December 2020

According to selling agent GVA, the land was sold before Christmas 2020.

However, there is no confirmation on what price was paid.

Located in the heart of Tallaght Village, the land backs onto the TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus on the Greenhills Road-side of the village.

A spokesperson for the Dominicans told The Echo in 2019 that the piece of land was being disposed of “as part of the Dominican Fathers review of their overall property holding”.

The Dominicans first came to Tallaght in 1856, and over the decades their grounds in Tallaght Village has grown to include the Priory Institute, the Tallaght Retreat and Conference Centre and St Catherine’s Counselling Centre for adults, children and families.

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The priory, which remains a green oasis at the centre of Tallaght Village, also has pastoral responsibility for the parishes of St Aengus, St Dominic’s and St Mary’s.

Speaking with The Echo in 2019, the Dominican spokesperson said that funds from the sale “will be used to provide valuable support for this work and to provide ongoing medical and care needs of ageing members of the Dominican community”.

In recent weeks, activity has been spotted on the site, which is believed to be basic preliminary works.

The Echo understands that plans for the site may include a nursing home and accommodation for older people.

However, the new owner of the site, and Tallaght’s Village’s newest arrival, has yet to be revealed – or their future plans for the site.

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