Four on the market: on an island
If those who find the idea of island life appealing, here are four properties that will be of interest.
Sandy Island & The Catalogues
€350k Charles McCarthy, (028) 21533
Including Sandy Island and the surrounding Catalogues, you get six islands in total with this property, amounting to 18 acres. Sandy Island is 10 acres and has a cottage in reasonably good condition, with three bedrooms and a 1,655 sq ft floor area. It's been improved by the recent addition of a wraparound conservatory overlooking the sea. Set in Roaring Water Bay, Co Cork, just south of Turk Head and north of Sherkin Island, there's a pier and slipway on the main island, so you can get to Baltimore by boat in about 10 minutes.
The Black Islands, Co Longford
€750k Ganly Walters, (01) 662 3255
The Black Islands are in the middle of Lough Ree, where the lake forms the boundary between Counties Longford, Roscommon and Westmeath. There are seven pleasantly wooded islands in all, covering some 58 acres of land. The biggest, Kings Island, is just under 20 acres and is the only one with a history of habitation; its last occupants left in the 1980s. Two of the cottages are still standing and might be restored. There are two harbours nearby - at Portanure, Co Longford, and Carrownure, Co Roscommon.
5 Peter Street, Knightstown
€250k Gallagher Quigley, (01) 818 3000
Knightstown, the main settlement on Valentia Island, Co Kerry, is a planned village laid out in a grid system by Alexander Nimmo. Number 5 is described as an "old workers' cottage". It's been fully restored and extended, and now has three bedrooms, two on the ground floor and one upstairs. There's an open-plan kitchen and living room downstairs, and a lounge on the first floor with sea views. There's a car ferry between the mainland and Knightstown, or you can drive off the island over the bridge to Portmagee.
Shraheens, Achill Island, Mayo
€149k Sherry FitzGerald Crowley, (098) 29009
Knockmore Mountain towers over this cottage to the west, while to the east it faces across the water to the Co Mayo mainland. There's a terrace out front so you can enjoy the views. Inside, it's 850 sq ft with three bedrooms, two of them with a sea view. The living room has a pine floor and an open fire. Elsewhere, the heating is by storage heaters, which accounts for the G energy rating. The cottage is on the eastern shores of Achill, and hence close to Achill Sound and the bridge to Polranny on the mainland.