At the foot of the hills in Sligo
Published 26/08/2016 | 02:30
If you've never climbed Knocknarea in Sligo to see the huge, 5,000-year-old cairn on top known as Queen Maeve's Grave, you probably should. But if you can't, for whatever reason, Google Street View can supply you with a faithful impression of what's going on up there.
The Google image shows a sign next to the cairn reading, "DANGER. Do not walk or climb on the cairn." And directly behind the sign you can see several people walking and climbing on the cairn.
In spite of the despoliation, Sligo people are proud of Knocknarea, describing it as "the tallest hill in Connacht". And should you make the mistake of mentioning Mayo's Mweelrea, they'll take the trouble to explain to you the difference between a hill and a mountain.
Knocknarea is 327 metres tall, less than half the height of Mweelrea, but the view from there is nevertheless spectacular. But even at the base of the hill, in the townland of Tully on the Strandhill Road, the view is inclined to compete.
This energy-efficient detached house in Tully may not have views of Knocknarea itself, but you can see all over Sligo Bay and the town towards Ben Bulben.
The house is 2,573 sq ft in size and it's on a 0.79-acre site, with the sea across the road about 200 metres away. It's been recently upgraded and there are five bedrooms, with two en suite. Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor and two are upstairs, including the master bedroom.
Also on the ground floor is a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, a wood-floored living room, and a fitted kitchen with double doors to the patio.
There's zoned central heating (oil-fired) and solar panels, and the energy rating is B2.
It's for sale for €750,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Draper in Sligo, (071) 914 3710.