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Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisasturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan €189,000

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Architect Lisa Carolan in the Victorian schoolhouse in Kingscourt that was ‘a labour of love’. Throughout, she mixed the best of old and new. PIC - Frank McGrath

Architect Lisa Carolan in the Victorian schoolhouse in Kingscourt that was ‘a labour of love’. Throughout, she mixed the best of old and new. PIC - Frank McGrath

Architect Lisa Carolan outside the Victorian schoolhouse in Kingscourt that was ‘a labour of love’. Throughout, she mixed the best of old and new. PIC - Frank McGrath

Architect Lisa Carolan outside the Victorian schoolhouse in Kingscourt that was ‘a labour of love’. Throughout, she mixed the best of old and new. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

Old Cabra Schoolhouse, Lisaturrin, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PIC - Frank McGrath

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Architect Lisa Carolan in the Victorian schoolhouse in Kingscourt that was ‘a labour of love’. Throughout, she mixed the best of old and new. PIC - Frank McGrath

Architect Lisa Carolan has a passion. She loves historic buildings, no matter how dilapidated. In fact, since returning home from Amsterdam four years ago, she has renovated two derelict properties and poured love - and money - into their restoration.

The first was an old commercial property in Ardee, Co Louth. The second is the Old Cabra Schoolhouse in Kingscourt, which launches to market this week with an affordable pricetag of €189,000.

The schoolhouse had lain empty for years, still in the same layout as when the owners of nearby Cabra Castle built it for the estate children back in 1886. There were some unusual touches - including two entrances, one for boys and one for girls and a dividing wall that ran all the way through the rear playground. Lisa also found a piece of poetry penned by a student back in 1937 that bemoaned the lack of play time at Cabra school. It hangs framed in the living room.