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A Victorian love affair in Drumcondra

11 Dargle Road Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Asking price: €550,000

Agent: Michelle Keeley, DNG (01) 830 0989

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Reclaimed: Barbara Davitt outside 11 Dargle Road. Photo: Bryan Meade

Reclaimed: Barbara Davitt outside 11 Dargle Road. Photo: Bryan Meade

The main reception room with a spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine bedroom

The main reception room with a spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine bedroom

The landing

The landing

The living room

The living room

The kitchen and dining room

The kitchen and dining room

The back patio is paved in reclaimed 19th century bricks

The back patio is paved in reclaimed 19th century bricks

Peter Davitt fixing the roof of their other property

Peter Davitt fixing the roof of their other property

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Reclaimed: Barbara Davitt outside 11 Dargle Road. Photo: Bryan Meade

Between Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, email and cheap flights, there's never been an easier time to date somebody who lives in another country. But when Dubliner Peter Davitt set eyes on German visitor Barbara Lange in the west of Ireland in 1980, wild Connemara ponies couldn't have stopped him striking up a long-distance romance way before the advent of the internet.

The pair first met in O'Grady's seafood restaurant, then located in Clifden, Co Galway, where she was holidaying with her parents and he was on a weekend with his mates. The restaurant, which has since moved to Barna, has been described by one food critic as "one of those places where summer memories are made". For Barbara, originally from Germany's Ruhr Valley, and Peter, it's an occasion they'll never forget.

"It must have been love at first sight, because Peter told my father that evening, 'I'm going to marry your daughter,'" recalls Barbara. "For the next two years we visited each other and wrote letters, and then I came to stay."


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