Saturday 22 July 2017

Inside this bright and bold town house in Clonmel on the market for €300k

Attractive and well maintained period town house in centre of Clonmel

The living room has a marble fireplace and a wooden floor, double doors from there lead to the dining room
The living room has a marble fireplace and a wooden floor, double doors from there lead to the dining room

Eithne Tynan

Clonmel has retained many of its street names from the colonial era. Nelson is still honoured, along with Gladstone and Wellington (an Irishman obviously, but still), and they now all coexist peacefully alongside Parnell, Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet and Daniel O'Connell.

There was one street name, though, that the burghers of the south Tipperary town didn't hesitate to change, and that was Prince Edward's Place.

The eat-in kitchen with a beamed ceiling and tiled floor
The eat-in kitchen with a beamed ceiling and tiled floor

In 1841, Queen Victoria was delivered of her first son, named Albert Edward. So it must have seemed natural the following year to name a brand-new street after the boy who would be king - then a mere infant, an innocent.

As the years passed, though, and the heir apparent's reputation for debauchery spread far and wide, the denizens of Prince Edward's Place might have felt themselves besmirched by association.

Until Prince Charles came along, Prince Edward was the longest-serving heir apparent in history; he waited 59 years for his mother's reign to end before being crowned King Edward VII, in 1901.

He made the most of his leisure time, though. Nicknamed the Playboy Prince, he was a famous hedonist and philanderer, scandalising his family with a string of affairs. He was also a frequent visitor to the brothels of Paris.

The bathroom with a claw-foot bath
The bathroom with a claw-foot bath

Once the Free State was established, Prince Edward's Place was hastily done away with. Thenceforth it was named after that tower of moderation and respectability, Dr Thomas Croke - Archbishop of Cashel, nationalist, advocate of temperance, and patron of the GAA.

Dr Croke Place is a terrace of 10 houses, all facing due north with their backs to the River Suir, and they're all attractive, comfortable-looking and well maintained.

Number 5 Dr Croke Place is in a terrace of 10 houses
Number 5 Dr Croke Place is in a terrace of 10 houses

Like its neighbours, Number 5 has a short flight of stone steps leading to a fanlit front door, and three sash windows at the front. Other period features inside include fireplaces, window shutters, high ceilings with cornicing, and original doors.

It's on three storeys, and from the top floor skylight you can see your way south as far as the Comeragh Mountains. This attic level has one of the five bedrooms, and another two are on the first floor.

One of the five bedrooms
One of the five bedrooms

The last two bedrooms are on the return level, and both have painted slate fireplaces. Also on the return there's a bathroom with a free-standing claw-foot bath and a separate corner shower. That room measures about 10ft by 11ft and there's a separate toilet, so you can loll in the bath for as long as you like without being nagged.

That leaves the ground floor for daytime rooms, which consist of two formal reception rooms and an eat-in kitchen.

The low-maintenance garden
The low-maintenance garden

The first reception room is a living room, measuring about 15ft by 12ft6, with a marble fireplace and a wooden floor.

Double doors lead from there into a slightly smaller dining room (15ft by 10ft), also with a marble fireplace and wood floor, and both rooms have double-glazed timber sash windows.

The kitchen measures roughly 15ft by 9ft and has a beamed ceiling and a tiled floor. It's fitted with pale painted cabinets and a mosaic splashback, and there's a separate utility area. The ground floor also has a shower room and toilet. Internally, the total floor area comes to 1,700 sq ft.

Out the back of the house is a small, low-maintenance town garden facing south. It has a lovely old stone wall to one side and is paved. It is filled with raised flowerbeds, containers and hanging baskets.

Dr Croke Place is more or less in the centre of Clonmel. If you turn right at the front door you'll reach the Old Waterford Road, and walking down that street for about two minutes will get you to the banks of the River Suir. There you can join a walkway following the route of the old towpath, and if you feel like it, you can walk all the way downriver to Carrick-on-Suir, which will take about four hours.

About five minutes' walk in the opposite direction takes you to the town library at Mick Delahunty Square, named after Clonmel's famous showband king. There'll you'll see a tribute to another figure from the town's musical past - a bronze statue of tenor Frank Patterson.

Clonmel has a museum and arts centre, theatres and cinemas, several primary and secondary schools and a campus for Limerick Institute of Technology.

You can get a train from Clonmel station to Waterford or Limerick Junction. To get to Dublin it would be more sensible to drive, and the journey will take about two hours via the M9 and M7 motorways. Cork city is about an hour away via the M8.

Number 5 Dr Croke Place is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Power & Walsh in Clonmel (052 617 0720). The asking price is €300,000.

5 Dr Croke Place,

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Asking price: €300,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Power & Walsh, Clonmel, (052 617 0720)

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