NEW OWNER: Dan Tim O’Sullivan has bought St Mary’s of the Angels Farm for €2m.
“The place is close to my heart”
By Sean Moriarty
The legendary Dan Tim O’Sullivan – one of the most successful Kerry businessmen in London – has paid almost €2m for the 110-acre St Mary of the Angels farm in Beaufort.
The farm, donated to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Devine Motherhood Religious Order by the Doyle family in the 1960s after their only daughter joined the Order went up for auction, in the Royal Hotel. The Order decided to sell the land to fund the retirement of its nuns with the sale which was handled by Killarney auctioneer, Tom Spillane.
News of the sale attracted negativity in the community as it was feared the land would be sold to developers or used for non-farming purposes in an area of outstanding beauty. There were also concerns that the sale would affect the services offered by the facility which cares for special needs adults and children in the county.
Dan Tim owns one of the biggest labour supply firms in the civil engineering sectors ‘Dan Sullivan and Sons’ in London, and has around 1,500 people on its payroll, many of whom are Kerry emigrants.
He set up the firm in 1986, and as it grew he never forget local or London-based charities and is a long-time supporter of St Mary of the Angels and its services.
“The place is close to my heart,” Dan Tim told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday). “I had a sister there for a long time.”
O’Sullivan already has farming interests near his native Foilmore. He is close to retirement and is ready to handover his London-based business to his son Timothy.
“This will keep me occupied, I am still a young fresh man,” he added. “But I will call in regularly to St Mary of the Angels and make sure everything is alright.”