Breaking News: Council’s Bid Fails as Castleisland Bank of Ireland Building is Sold

From Lock-down to Lock-out:  Castleisland’s doomed Bank of Ireland building on Main Street in March 2021 when it was reported that the office was one of the 88 to be closed nationwide the following September. ©Photograph: John Reidy 1-3-2021

A statement from Kerry County Council’s John Breen, Director of Services Water, Environment, Fire and Library Services Municipal District Manager Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne brought only bad news.

The cathaoirleach and members of Castleisland / Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District heard that the the prospects of revitalising the town centre had failed with the council’s ill fated bid to purchase the old Bank of Ireland building.

“As advised to you at the recent MD meeting I committed to keeping you informed on progress on our bid for the vacant Bank of Ireland Building in Castleisland,” said Mr. Breen in a statement issued to all interested parties today.

No Engagement from Bank or Agent

“Having made a bid on the property we received no further engagement from the selling agent or the bank until yesterday.

“I wish to advise that we received the correspondence hereunder from the selling agent appointed by Bank of Ireland yesterday:

Proposals Not Successful

“All the proposals have been given serious consideration by the vendors. They have asked me to thank you and your colleagues for your proposal but they have instructed me to inform you that your proposal has not been successful and that a sale has been agreed on the property.”

Local Economy Assisted

“Its disappointing that they have not accepted our bid as we could have brought an immediate number of office jobs to the town which would have greatly assisted the local economy and brought a vibrancy back to the building,” said Mr. Breen.

Local disappointment stems from the fact that if the council’s bid had succeeded the building would be staffed by up to two score officials and office staff and its obvious impact on the commercial activity of the town centre – as Mr. Breen suggested in his statement.

Search for Space to Continue 

While speculation mounts that Kerry County Council was out-bid by North East & West Kerry Development, that remains unconfirmed at the time of going to print.

The search will now continue for the tentative plans for an exhibition and museum space for the archaeological, cultural and historical heritage of the town and district. 

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