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Despite calls for it to be saved, the GAA's birthplace was sold at auction today

Hayes Hotel in Thurles sold for €650,000 this morning.

Updated at 12.30pm

A HOTEL IN Tipperary, considered to be the birthplace of the GAA, sold for €650,000 this afternoon according to the official Tipperary GAA Twitter account.

Hayes Hotel in Thurles had a reserve range of between €450,000 and €500,000 but, with bidding starting at €475,000, it eventually sold for considerably more.

At this stage, the sale is still provisional and subject to approval by the auctioneer. The identity of the buyer is not yet known.

Former GAA President and European MEP Sean Kelly called for the GAA to consider purchasing the property after it entered receivership last April.

However, Allsop Space placed the property on auction this morning in the RDS.

It contains a reception, lounge bar, coffee dock, two nightclubs together with 30 bedrooms.

Michael Cusack met with seven others in the hotel in the hotel in 1884 to look at how traditional Irish pastimes could be preserved, leading to the formation of the Gaelic Games Association.

Three residential properties with reserve prices of more than €1,000,000 are on the catalogue this morning.

This includes a partially finished estate in Co Monaghan. Planning permission was granted for 77 houses, but just six have been previously sold. It is thought to be worth at most €1 million.

A fully-occupied development in Lucan, Dublin, featuring 27 town-houses, apartments and duplex apartments will be auctioned for in the region of €3.5 million to €4 million.

Another fully-occupied collection of apartments in Malahide has a reserve of €4 million to 4.5 million.

Read: Seán Kelly hopeful that GAA will look at saving its birthplace >

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