Wednesday 13 December 2017

Firm launches new way to sell ould sod

Louise Hogan

SELLING a bit of the 'ould sod' can prove hard these days. So much so that a property developer has decided to divide up a plot outside Kilmore Village, Co Wexford, into square foot lots in a bid to entice the Irish diaspora hankering after their own little bit of Ireland.

For $199 (€146) the purchaser will receive a certificate of ownership, detailed directions to the land and an ordnance survey map identifying the location of their plot.

Plot owners are encouraged to visit their piece of land, property developer Ian Murphy (27), from Dalkey, Co Dublin, said.

"It's basically just a unique gift and ownership, in that you can say I own a little piece of land in Ireland," he said.

Celtic Plots was founded in July 2009 by Mr Murphy and his schoolfriend Adam Fleetwood (26), a website designer from Blackrock, Co Dublin.

The purchaser will receive a leasehold interest of 25-years which will then be renewed automatically. The land -- near where former US president John F Kennedy's ancestors hail from -- will be grazed and cut for hay each year.

Mary Williams, who is Wexford-born but lives in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, will be helping to market the venture to Irish-American organisations.

"They are loving this idea, the Irish Americans," she said.

"They can own a little plot of Ireland at very affordable rates."

Irish Independent

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