‘Famous’ Cavan Farm Shop to Host Off-Reserve Auction

The contents of a famous former farmhouse and hardware store in County Cavan will be auctioned off in a two-day online auction.

Ballyjamesduff Mart has been commissioned to hold a clearance sale of shops and homes on behalf of relatives of the late John McKiernan, Corlesmore, Co. Cavan.

The store is well known to rural residents of County Cavan, Leitrim and surrounding areas and was run by the late John McKiernan outside Ballinagh, County Cavan for over 70 years.

It was no ordinary country store and was described as ‘a store that literally put the town of Corlesmore on the map’.

Commenting on the sale, Ballyjamesduff Mart manager John Tevlin said: ‘The reputation of the shop was that if you were looking for an item and it couldn’t be found anywhere in the country you would surely find it in the shop from John McKiernan to Corlesmore.

“It’s like stepping back in time browsing through some of the 2,000 odd lots in this auction.”

All Home and Shop contents will be sold in an online auction scheduled to take place on Tuesday August 30 and Wednesday August 31, starting each day at 12:30 p.m.

Some of the lots

To register for the auction, bidders must download the MartEye app and navigate to the Ballyjamesduff machinery logo. You will find all the lots there and you can register to bid.

The auction includes nearly 2,000 lots of everything from gold paint to a 1965 Massey Ferguson 35 tractor that still has its original tax book of which John McKiernan was the sole owner.

There are two forklifts – a Climax and a Finlay and a low mileage Ford Focus car.

Some of the items included in the bundles are:

  • tea services;
  • Clothes;
  • Shoes;
  • Nails;
  • Screws;
  • Bolts;
  • Lights;
  • Electrical wiring;
  • Switches;
  • faucets;
  • Chains;
  • Tools;
  • electric fences;
  • The wells;
  • Toilet;
  • Thermal baths.

Telvin continued, “There are items in this auction that can no longer be purchased anywhere, antique scales, an antique cash register and famine jars. We even have gold paint for sale.

A full list of items for sale can be viewed at MartEye application.

The late store owner

John McKiernan was born in the house next to the store on March 1, 1924 and lived there for 90 years until his death on December 3, 2014.

He traded from Corlesmore’s store all his life from the age of 12. He held exclusivity for County Cavan with a number of suppliers, including Irish Cement.

John has been described as “a skilled trader” and as being “years ahead of his time”.

Truckloads of merchandise would be delivered nationwide on behalf of the store without John ever seeing them directly.

John also sold petrol pumps and shipped them all over the UK. A range of fuel pump covers and pump accessories are also listed in the auction.

John was the Postmaster of Corlesmore Post Office and ran it successfully for nearly 50 years.

He succeeded his mother as postmaster on February 3, 1958, at the age of 33 and led it until his retirement in 2007.

John’s mother and father, Patrick and Mary Ann, were postmaster and postmistress of Corlesmore Post Office from 15 March 1916 – just a month before the 1916 rising.

The first postmaster of Corlesmore Post Office was John’s grandfather, John McKiernan, born in 1829.

He was a farmer who opened the post office on November 15, 1880. To give some background, there was a post office on the site before Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) became the standard by which world time is set, before the Oxford English Dictionary was first published and even before the Statue of Liberty was shipped to New York.

But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and now is the time for the auction.

In conclusion, Telvin urged interested parties to take a look through the lots that are photographed and available to view on the MartEye application.

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