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House where Garda was killed in Rathbrist on sale for €1.3 million

House where Garda was killed in Rathbrist on sale for €1.3 million

A five bed country house on the outskirts of Dundalk where a Garda was murdered 31 years ago has gone on the market with an asking price of €1.3 million.

Sgt Patrick Morrissey, who was shot twice at Rathbrist House in 1985

Rathbrist House at Rathbrist, near Tallanstown, is for sale through Savills estate agents.

Described as “a truly elegant Italianate Gentleman’s residence in a mature wooded setting”, the property boasts a massive 539sqm of living space.

The property is a two storey over basement premises and comprises reception rooms with very fine period features. There is also a self contained apartment with 1-2 bedrooms and further storage rooms in the basement which has own door access to the side of the house.

Outside there is a stable yard with 18 stables and farm buildings including a tack room, feed room and barn.

The property is set on 18.5 acres of gardens, paddocks and mature woodlands and is just 1km from Tallanstown and a seven minute drive from the M1 motorway.

Inside Rathbrist House

The house shot to fame in June 1985 when Garda Sergeant Patrick Morrissey, then aged 49, was shot dead there in pursuit of two men who had committed an armed robbery earlier that day at Ardee Labour Exchange. Noel Callan of Cullaville, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan and Michael McHugh of Clonalig, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh were later convicted of capital murder for the shooting.

Sgt Morrissey was initially wounded by McHugh, before he shot the unarmed garda in the head.

A dining room in Rathbrist House

McHugh was initially sentenced to death for the murder. The sentence was commuted to one of 40 years penal servitude by the then president Patrick Hillery, seven days before the execution was scheduled to be carried out.

The pair were only release from prison in December 2015.

Rathbrist House was built c.1870 and is included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

A bedroom in Rathbrist

Full details on the sale can be found on the Savills website here.

Inside Rathbrist House

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