The house remained within the ownership of the Burges family right up to 1955 when it was vacated and the family moved to England.
The house lay vacant until 1958 when millionaire “Thomas Doran” bought it for a gift for his friend “Rev Gerry Eakins” He donated the house to the Rev. Eakin who had a son called Stanley. Stanley has a severe physical disability and was experiencing difficulty in finding suitable educational establishments.
Thomas Doran set up “The Thomas Doran Parkanaur Trust” in 1960 and it continues to run as Parkanaur College the only residential and Further Education College in NI for student with learning and physical difficulties.