When you think of Allsop Space, the auction house for distressed properties, you probably think of a room full of vulture investors out to pick the bones of bankrupt businesses.
Next Tuesday’s auction, however, will see a ray of sunshine brighten up the crowded auction room when a site in Wicklow goes under the hammer.
A picturesque 0.6 acre site in Kiltegan has been donated to the LauraLynn Foundation, Ireland’s first children’s hospice.
Dublin woman Catherine Harold purchased the site some years ago with the intention of building a family home but the site will now be put up for auction next week.
Mrs Harold told the Irish Times that she was inspired to donate the site to the charity after seeing the New Zealand rugby team visit LauraLynn on a television programme.
“I was astonished that it was the only children’s hospice in Ireland,” she told the paper. “I decided there and then to donate the site to LauraLynn to help in the wonderful work they do for children and families.”
The site is situated in the Highpark Lower area, on a secondary road approximately 2km east of Kiltegan.
It has reserve price of €10,000 and Allsop say they will forego their commission on the sale.
The site currently has no planning permission, but there are two houses adjacent to the site which would indicate planning may be obtained.