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Sunday 21 January 2018

Author sells holiday home at knock-down price

Edna O'Brien first put her house on market in 2008
Edna O'Brien first put her house on market in 2008

Stephen Maguire

NOVELIST Edna O'Brien has finally sold her beloved holiday home -- two years after she first put it up for sale and for just half the original asking price.

Ms O'Brien (79) first put The Pink House on the market in 2008 with a price tag of €850,000. Despite a number of false dawns, the house, designed by her son Sasha Gebler, was finally sold for a knock-down €490,000.

The property, in Carrickfinn, west Donegal, sits on an acre of land and boasts its own private beach, jetty and boathouse.

The Clare-born writer, whose most famous novel, 'The Country Girls', caused uproar in Ireland on its release in 1960 because of its sexual content, regularly stayed at the house.

She thought she had finally offloaded it when a sale was agreed near the end of 2009 for an estimated €700,000. But the deal fell through and the house was put on the market again at a reduced price of €495,000 with Franklin Estate Agents in Letterkenny. Paul Franklin yesterday confirmed the sale. "Yes, it has been sold but I cannot say who it has been sold to. My client is a very private person and I cannot say any more."

After searching for a year for a retreat from her busy literary life, a friend spotted the house while flying over it into nearby Carrickfinn Airport and Ms O'Brien snapped it up.

Although Ms O'Brien loved the four-bedroomed, 2,400 sq ft hideaway, she said she could not concentrate on her writing while staying there. and often found herself simply being drawn away from her work. "Donegal is for the outdoors," she said.

Other celebrities who live locally include playwright Brian Friel and Altan singer Mairead Mooney.

Irish Independent

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