Tuesday 30 May 2017

Sale of Biddy Early cottage 'chance' to develop tourist site

Pat Flynn

THE home of the 'Wise Woman of Clare', Biddy Early, has been put up for sale, with hopes it will be restored as a tourist attraction.

The derelict cottage, which was once home to the 19th-Century herbalist and healer, has an asking price of €75,000 and stands on an acre of land at Dromore Hill near Feakle in east Clare.

It has been described as being of "considerable significance to Ireland's heritage and folklore" and still attracts a "small but steady number" of curious visitors every year.

The owner, Billy Loughnane, believes now would be a good time for someone to restore the property.

"I would be delighted if someone could take over the cottage; it needs a new energy. I'd only be happy though if whoever did take it over did so for the right reasons and actually has a real feel for who Biddy Early was," Mr Loughnane said.

Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes said: "There is no doubt that people are still interested in Biddy Early and the opportunity to open up the cottage would be welcome."

Meanwhile, a house once occupied by Peig Sayers on the Great Blasket Island is being rented by the State as a base for a guide service.

A major conservation project got under way on the island this week to conserve the old village.

Irish Independent

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