Saturday 27 December 2014

Childhood home of author Edna O'Brien fails to set auction alight

Gordon Deegan

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

Edna O’Brien at Drewsborough House.
Edna O’Brien at Drewsborough House.
Drewsborough House in east Clare was withdrawn from auction after failing to secure its guide price of €350,000

PROPERTY prices might be bouncing back, but not enough for the sellers of the childhood home of writer Edna O'Brien.

The five-bedroom Drewsborough House in the east Clare village of Tumgraney was withdrawn from auction yesterday €150,000 short of its guide price.

The highest bidders were young married couple, Seamus and Laura Hurley and Mr Corcoran continued negotiations with the two after auction.

However, after the talks, a disappointed Ms Hurley said that Mr Corcoran had received instructions not to sell the property at €200,000.

The guide price had been set at €350,000.

The Hurleys had beaten off two other bidders for the property as Mr Corcoran did his best for his client and executrix of the estate of Edna's late sister in law, Claire O'Brien, May McMahon, in getting bids in excess of €180,000.

Mr Corcoran said that the property has been on the market in the region of two-and-a-half to three years.

He confirmed the house will now be sold by private treaty.

Irish Independent

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