Back to site

©2023. All rights reserved.
Crafted by 4Property.

Doonass House, Doonass, Clonlara, Co Clare


Sale Agreed

View Now


For Sale By Public and Online Auction on Friday 9th December at 3pm. (U.P.S.)
at our Limerick City Auction Rooms 25/26 Glentworth Street, Limerick.
(On the instructions of the Reps of Marie T. O'Sullivan Deceased)

A truly Outstanding Roadside Farm extending to C. 116 St. Acres with Remains of Period Residence thereon.

The lands are considered excellent quality with the majority in permanent pasture laid out in rolling parkland with many mature trees and extensive frontage to the River Shannon. The remaining lands comprise of mature woodland.

The shell of the main residence an impressive eighteenth-century Georgian mansion remains together with a gate lodge by the main entrance.

To the rear of the House is a very impressive cobbled courtyard of outbuildings in cut limestone together with a walled garden and orchard.

Located by the Shannon, nearby the famous Doonass Falls, which also has a dramatic Folly by the River.

This is without doubt an exceptional estate/farm which offers enormous potential and situated in this idyllic setting only fifteen minutes' drive from Limerick City and within thirty minutes of Shannon Airport it is worthy of immediate inspection.


Home of the Massy family, who arrived in Ireland as part of Cromwell's New Model Army. In 1820, the house was remodeled by Sir Hugh Dillon-Massy, the 2nd baronet Massy.

A 'Turret' was built in front of the house on the banks of the River Shannon, originally a tower ( a six-sided brick building was added later) intended for viewing the rapids at Doonass

The fortunes of the Massys suffered badly during the Great Famine and much of the Doonass estate was sold off in the Encumbered Estate sales.

During the construction of the dam at Ardnacrusha, part of the Shannon water scheme, a group of eighteen German engineers, scientists, and electricians lived in Doonass House. The Germans operated a sideline business from the house supplying wine from their homeland. In 1926, they received a court summons after 1400 bottles of wine were seized from the two cellars in the basement of the house.

In the 1950s the house was purchased by Benjamin Weissman, son of Chaim Weissman, first president of Israel.

The house has had a number of different owners in the 20th century. It was gutted by fire in 2009.

Joint Solicitors: John Cooke, Solicitor, Main Street, Hospital, Co. Limerick.
William E. Leahy, Leahy Reidy Solicitors, Park Manor, Upper Mallow Street, Limerick.

Attending bidders must pre-register prior to the auction. If you wish to bid via online auction on you will need to register with GVM Auctioneers at least 3 days before the sale and pay a bidding deposit.

Contact Richard Ryan GVM Auctioneers, Kilmallock on 063 98555 or 087 8067772


  • C 116 St Acres on rolling parkland
  • Extensive frontage to the River Shannon
  • Shell of the main residence an impressive eighteenth-century Georgian mansion remains
  • Gate lodge by the main entrance.
  • Impressive courtyard of outbuildings in cut limestone.
  • Folly (Turret) by the River.
  • 15 Minutes from Limerick City.
  • With 30 minutes drive of Shannon Airport.


Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.


From Limerick City proceed to Barry`s shop in Ardnacrusha and turn right proceed on (R463) for 4 KM and turn right for Clonlara, proceed through Clonlara village and turn left after 2.5 KM, proceed for 200 meters the property is located on the right-hand side.

GPS Co-ordinates; 52.708972, -8.524422 or simply use Eircode V94 P4F3

Pagespeed Optimization by Lighthouse.