Friday 30 September 2016

Clare property with literary links sells for €200,000

Jim O'Brien

Published 09/12/2015 | 02:30

Drewborough House, Co Clare
Drewborough House, Co Clare
Edna O'Brien

The birthplace of renowned writer, Edna O'Brien, Drewsborough House on 7ac in the East Clare village of Tuamgraney, sold recently for a figure believed to be in the region of €200,000.

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The village of Tuamgraney is on the shores of Lough Derg, next to Scariff and about 12km from Killaloe.

Edna O'Brien was born in 1930 and spent her childhood here before moving to Dublin and then to London where she immersed herself in the literary life of the city.

Her early work, including the The Country Girls (1960) was not well received in Ireland where her early books were banned. In the course of a long literary life she has produced a powerful body of work including novels, plays and screenplays.

Her latest book, The Little Red Chairs, has just been published and is regarded as one of her finest works.

The O'Brien homestead was originally part of the larger Drewsborough Estate and was bought by John O'Brien, Edna's father, in 1899.

Period residence

Her brother, a doctor, inherited the property and based his practice in the house.

With just 7ac of the original farm remaining it was sold as part of the estate of his deceased wife, Claire O'Brien.

The house, a lovely period residence in cut stone, hasn't been lived in for some time and is in need of complete refurbishment.

The accommodation includes five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen/dining area and three reception rooms with fireplaces.

The 7ac around the house are in grass and dotted with old trees.

The residence is accessed through an overgrown avenue that goes through the lands.

Tipperary auctioneer Noel Corcoran brought the property to auction in July 2014 when it failed to sell.

After many months and many viewers the place sold recently by private treaty to a woman who has family in the area and is relocating to Clare.

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