Castlerea bungalow on 50ac up for sale
Among the more famous sons of Roscommon is Castlerea-born John Waters. In his very incisive and entertaining book, Jiving at the Crossroads, the said man of letters colourfully described the world in which he grew up, while painting memorable portraits of the political figures dominating the landscape of the time, including Charles J Haughey and local Fianna Fail heavyweight, Sean Doherty.
If Mr Waters is of a mind to return to the town of his birth, and flee the attentions of the zealous parking attendants of Dun Laoghaire, then he could do worse than invest in O'Toole's farm, a 50ac residential holding adjacent to Castlerea.
The property comes with plenty of road frontage, a fine four-bedroom bungalow and, tailor-made for the man of letters, an artist/writer's studio located in an old farm dwelling renovated for the purpose. The sale is being guided at €400,000.
The residence is described as a modern house extending to 1,500sqft that was recently decorated. The accommodation includes four bedrooms, a kitchen/living room, a sitting room and two bathrooms, while adjacent to the house is a double garage. The yard includes a hay shed, cow byre, turf shed and four stables.
The land is mainly in grass and while bounded by no other farm it is surrounded by roads and lanes, including the main Roscommon to Athlone road.
A 10ac parcel under old woodland forms a unique feature in a property located so close to a town. The remaining 38ac are all in grass and laid out in nice-sized fields.
According to auctioneer Seamus Cleary the holding is ideally located on the immediate outskirts of the town for some sort of commercial enterprise. The 50ac farm will be sold by public auction at Tully's Hotel, Castlerea at 3pm on Friday, September 20.