Come out of your shell in Galway
Stradbally East €645k
"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster," said Jonathan Swift. But the bold man now has thousands of intrepid followers.
Clarinbridge in Co Galway, is home to a 62-year-old oyster festival. (That is, the festival is 62 years old; the oysters are considerably fresher.) It is reported that 100,000 oysters are eaten over the weekend of Clarinbridge Oyster Festival, established in 1954.
You've missed this year's event - held in September - but you'll be in plenty of time to practise your shucking for 2017 if you set up a base nearby.
This detached dormer bungalow is at Stradbally East, about two kilometres outside the village, so you could go home on foot after consuming your portion of bivalves and stout.
The house was built in 2012 and although its proportions look relatively unassuming from the outside, it actually has quite a sprawling floor area of 3,850 sq ft. That includes five bedrooms - two on the ground floor and three upstairs.
The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite with a Jacuzzi bath. There's also an office on the first floor, and a family bathroom on each level.
By way of reception rooms, there's an oak-floored sitting room with a fireplace, and a living room with a solid-fuel stove. There's also a games room with another fireplace and French doors to the patio.
The kitchen is fitted with walnut and oak cabinets with quartz countertops and integrated appliances, and there's a separate utility room and pantry.
It's on an acre of land, mostly in lawns and surrounded by mature trees. There's a lofted shed and a huge paved area out the back. Galway city is about a half hour's drive.
The asking price is €645,000 and the agent is DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard in Galway (091) 565261.