A Country Girl's abode - former home of Edna O'Brien
The house where writer Edna O'Brien grew up is on the market for €350,000 in Tuamgraney village on the shores of Lough Derg
There will be much literary and local interest in the sale next week of Drewsborough House on 7ac in the East Clare village of Tuamgraney.
The house is the birthplace of renowned writer, Edna O'Brien and is for sale by the representatives of her late sister-in-law. It comes to auction after being on the private treaty market and has a guide price of €350,000.
The village of Tuamgraney is a lovely picturesque settlement on the shores of Lough Derg, close to Scarriff and about 12km from Killaloe. It is home to what is believed to be the oldest place of continuous worship in Ireland, St Cronan's Church, built in the 10th Century and renowned as a place where the great Brian Boru said his prayers.
Edna O'Brien was born and reared in Tuamgraney and began her working life as a pharmacist in 1950.
Her passion was for literature and after marrying writer Ernest Gebler in 1954 she moved to London where she immersed herself in books and the literary life.
Edna's work was not well received in Ireland where her early books were banned, but this did not discourage the writer. Over the last five decades – she has produced a powerful body of work including novels, plays and screenplays.
Originally part of the larger Drewsborough Estate owned by the Drew family since the mid 1700s, it was bought by John O'Brien, Edna's father, in 1899.