St Patrick's Day is seen as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the best of what it means to be Irish. Traditionally, we left it to our American cousins and various continental Hibernophiles to dress up in tall green hats, green wigs and red beards before making a show of themselves on March 17.
But in more recent times those of us who are Irish by birth seem to have decided it is easier to join in than stand po-faced on the cultural high ground. Indeed, we have embraced with gusto the madness and the gallery that now goes with the wearing of the green.
Despite all this emerald kitsch, every now and again something authentic comes along to remind us of our not-too-distant past. Such a reminder came across my desk recently in the form of a picture-postcard Connemara property that oozes charm and authenticity.
Located at Tir an Fhia, Lettermore in Co Galway, the holding includes a traditional cottage on 5ac with old-world outbuildings, stone-walled fields, a haggard and a kitchen garden. It has everything that once typified the quintessential, rural, Irish homestead.
The property is brought to auction by Ballaghadereen auctioneer, James Kilcoyne with a guide price of €130,000.
The residence was once a thatched cottage but is now a three-bedroom house that has been extensively modernised. The accommodation includes a kitchen, large living room, utility room, three bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. Contemporary features include PVC double-glazed windows and doors and oil-fired central heating.
A parcel of 4.9ac of land surrounds the residence laid out in a number of neat, small fields surrounded by stone walls. The outbuildings are comprised of two cow byres, a fuel shed and two utility sheds.
While the property has many modern features, it has an authentic feel that is sure to attract a wide range of customers from near and far. It will be sold by public auction at Tigh Phlunkett Bar and Lounge, Lettermore, Co Galway on Friday, April 10 at 3pm.
A farm of 162ac within shouting distance of Semple Stadium in Thurles was sold at auction last week for €1.835m, or more than €11,300/ac. Located at Sheskin on the Nenagh road out of Thurles, the farm is a stone's throw from Thurles Racecourse and 2km from the town centre.