Glounthaune Residents Battle to Save Village Green

By Seamus Whelehan


Residents living near a controversial piece of land in Glounthaune will find out today if they have done enough to save their Village Green.

The .19 acre site goes under the hammer at 11:00am at a Public Auction in the Imperial Hotel.

DNG properties, who are selling the site on behalf of their Client have listed the land, which is zoned as residential, with a guide price of €25,000.

People living in Glounthaune are outraged over the decision to sell off the land which, they claim, has been used by the community for generations.

The site was purchased from CIE in the mid 1960s by a local businessman, as a secure area for his milk van.

In the 1980s the area held prefabricated buildings to house the Local Primary School while they awaited the building of their new school, which is now located further up the Village.

For the past 20 years Glounthaune Tidy Towns have taken over the maintenance of the site which is used by local children.

The original purchaser is now deceased, and it’s believed that the ownership has passed to relatives who have no connection with the Village.

The Glounthaune Community Association say if the sale goes ahead it could change the character of the village for ever.

Richard Cuddy, Association Treasurer, said they had attempted to purchase the land prior to Thursday’s sale, but the vender wished for it to go for auction.

Mr Cuddy said that, on paper the site seems to tick all the boxes for a developer, but it could be difficult to obtain Planning Permission as a number of applications were denied in the past 20 years, for one reason or another.

He said “at a recent Community meeting there was strong public sentiment that they are willing to object to any plans for the site. The view of the locals is that, having had unsuccessful Planning Applications in the past, it would now be very difficult to get Planning.”