The religious order who operated St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort for more than 30 years has confirmed that it’s selling its 110-acre farm in the area.
In the 1960s, the Doyle family donated their land to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood.
The order built a residential home for children with intellectual disabilities, St Mary of the Angels, which they operated until 2005.
In 2005, St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort was fully transferred to St John of God Community Services, which continue to operate the facility for people with intellectual disabilities.
While the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood were no longer involved with the running of St Mary of the Angels, they retained ownership of 110 acres known as Whitefield Farm, part of the land donated to them by Denis and Mary Doyle.
At present, the 110 acres are being leased to two separate farmers.
A spokesperson for the order says the proceeds of the sale of Whitefield Farm will provide for the costs of healthcare for its nuns.
According to the spokesperson, there are 55 sisters in the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood and the majority are over the age of 80.
He says many of the sisters gave care and service in St Mary of the Angels and have no supports asides from the State pension.
The Irish Examiner reports that a public auction of Whitefield Farm will take place on May 30th and that according to selling agent, Tom Spillane, it’s expected to sell for more than €1 million.
The sale has no impact on St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort which is run by St John of God.