Dance to a different beat in West Clare
Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30
One of the best Irish music festivals in the world is the Willie Clancy Summer School held in the west Clare town of Milltown Malbay every year around the first week in July.
For hundreds of people their year is bookended, not by Christmas or New Year but by the 'Willie Week.'
The festival has everything; millions of tunes, thousands of musicians, hundreds of dancers, hours of learning and no shortage of the craic.
During the festival visitors become so besotted with the place it's common to hear people talk about buying a bit of property in Milltown or its environs.
In fact I know some avid set dancers who put their money where their feet are and bought a place within sight of the great and broad Atlantic.
David Considine of Pat Considine auctioneers, Kilrush is hoping some of these musical dreamers or a local farmer might be interested in a 43ac farm at Dromin, Milltown Malbay.
This fine grazing farm with stunning sea views is on the market by private treaty with a guide price of €350,000.
Located 1.5km from Milltown off the Lahinch road the farm is laid out in a number of manageable fields with good boundary fences. There is a small yard on the holding with a slatted shed that has accommodation for up to 50 cattle along with a loose shed.
Anyone interested in redeveloping the property into a residential holding could be helped by the presence of the ruins of an old cottage at the highest point of the property affording the best of sea views.
There is also a private quarry on the lands that was used by the previous owners for works on the farm.
According to Mr Considine there is active interest in the property both locally and from further afield.
He anticipates closing a sale well before the first tune is played or the first step danced in Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy 2016.