Friday 30 September 2016

Salthill terrace with traitorous past

2 Rutledge Terrace €575k

Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30

This four-bedroom terrace has been extended, boosting internal dimensions to 1,480 sq ft
This four-bedroom terrace has been extended, boosting internal dimensions to 1,480 sq ft

There are so many reasons to fall out with the people next door that it's a miracle anyone is on speaking terms with their neighbours at all. You hate them because of their leylandii and their inattentive parking. They hate you because of your diligence in practising the trumpet.

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However, even the most belligerent of neighbours understand that there is one line you must not cross. You must never discuss politics with the people next door - and certainly not if the people next door are incubating a notorious traitor.

This was the fate of the occupants of 2 Rutledge Terrace, at Salthill in Galway. They moved in next to Michael Joyce and his family in 1 Rutledge Terrace, and every morning might have watched the Joyces' young son on his way to school at the Jes.

This was William Joyce, who would grow up to become Lord Haw-Haw, and who would be hanged for treason in 1946. The terrace of five houses in a cul de sac off Rockbarton West is said to have been built in the early 20th century, although it's shown on the 1899 Ordnance Survey Map.

At any rate, Number 2 has been in the same family since Joyce's time, and it has period features including the original wood floors and curved staircase.

It has been extended twice since then, somewhat spoiling the symmetry of its footprint but boosting the internal dimensions to 1,480 sq ft.

The sitting room could be used as a guest bedroom
The sitting room could be used as a guest bedroom

This includes four bedrooms upstairs and three reception rooms below.

To the right of the entrance hall there's a living room and a dining room, and to the left is a sitting room which might be used as a guest bedroom as it has a wet room off it. The kitchen and utility room are in the back extension.

The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Galway (091) 569123 and the price is €575,000.

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