Former Ard Scoil Mhuire Convent & School, Bruff, Co. Limerick
Former convent / boarding school extending to 3417 sqm (36,779 sqft) with a site area of 6.77 acres
This former convent / boarding school is in excellent condition throughout and extends to 3417 sqm (36,779 sqft) with a total site area of 2.74 hectares (6.77 acres). The property consists of the original convent and boarding school with a number of extensions. It retains numerous original features and comprises a mix of accommodation including an impressive chapel, commercial kitchen, large imposing dining hall and study hall. There are numerous dormitories, classrooms, sports / concert hall, science laboratories, computer and woodwork rooms, cloakrooms and offices. In 1987 a new school extension was constructed extending to 518 sqm.
The entire property is set on impressive manicured gardens benefiting from a tranquil walkway and tennis / basketball courts. The property further benefits from ample car parking facilities, two prefabs and various outbuildings which have been used for storage. The property can be accessed via an impressive entrance on the Kilmallock road (R512) or by a second entrance on the Athlacca road.
Bruff is located approximately 25 km south of Limerick City, close to the borders of both Tipperary (12 km) and Cork (16 km). According to the CSO 2011 census the population figure of Bruff town is 783 and including Bruff's environs the population is 1386. Bruff has a relatively young population with 28% of the population under 19 years of age. It is defined by the Limerick County Development Plan 2010-2016 as an area of "strong agricultural base". The Limerick-Kilmallock road (R512) runs through the town centre and forms the Main Street and the regional road R516 from Croom meets with the Limerick-Kilmallock Road within the town.
The central core of the town is concentrated on Main Street which performs an important civic, trade and service function for the local population and for the surrounding hinterland, evident by the diverse range of services and businesses operating within the town. Services include retail, food and drink sectors, tourist accommodation, banking and professional services. Bruff has a history of habitation of some 4000 years and is a hub for many scenic, historical and cultural attractions including the Morning Star River, Bruff's historic buildings and structures including its traditional streetscape with many fine traditional shop fronts. Bruff is also close to the Ballyhoura Mountains, the walled town of Kilmallock and Lough Gur.
Under the Limerick County Council development plan the site is zoned Mixed Community and Public Services. The site is highlighted as an opportunity area within the local area plan (2012). The lands are zoned to facilitate the development of uses which would accommodate a community benefit such as community day-care centre, resource centre, sheltered housing, care for the elderly, health care centre, education and other community facilities. The possibility of small scale employment opportunities and start up business incubation units may also be considered.