Four on the market: period townhouses
Four period properties currently on the market offering loads of charm.
Market Square, Stradbally, Co Laois
AMV €200k Jordan Town & Country, (045) 433 550
Stradbally is the home not only of Electric Picnic but of an annual Steam Rally, also held in the grounds of Stradbally Hall. About five minutes' walk from the entrance to the grounds is this late Georgian house on market square, more or less overlooking the wrought-iron market shelter, erected in 1899 to commemorate a faithful local doctor. It's on just under half (0.46) of an acre of grounds with a beautiful walled garden behind it. Inside it's 4,306 sq ft with four bedrooms, three reception rooms and a kitchen, and the whole thing needs modernising. The house will be auctioned on July 21 in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, at 3pm.
Main Street, Drimoleague, Co Cork
€70k Charles McCarthy, (028) 21533
Until the late 19th century, the village of Drimoleague in west Cork consisted of not much more than a Catholic church and school. Then the Cork, Bandon & South Coast Railway arrived in 1877, bringing prosperity, and the village sprang up around it. Although the railway has been defunct for more than half a century, the old railway station remains as a relic of those days. A couple of hundred metres away is this 19th-century mid-terrace two-storey house in good decorative order. It has four bedrooms , three reception rooms and two bathrooms. Buses stop outside bound for Cork city and Bandon.
St Anne’s, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
€595k Sherry FitzGerald Power & Walsh, (052) 617 0720
Anthony Trollope might have frequently passed St Anne's on his walks around Clonmel, as the novelist lived there for about four years from 1844, producing two sons and several novels. St Anne's is one fourth of a stately Georgian terrace built in 1830, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. It's right on the Quay overlooking the Suir, and it's 3,600 sq ft on three storeys. The space includes two reception rooms and a kitchen at entrance level, a bedroom and family room on the first floor, and three more bedrooms (one en-suite) on the top floor. The property comes with two self-contained apartments with a separate entrance.
Main Street, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
€149k DNG Brian MacMahon, (091) 638 638
Ballyvaughan in Co Clare, it is said, has one of the oldest public rural water supplies in the country. Lord Annaly built a reservoir near the village in 1872, and the supply was extended to the village in 1875, landing at a limestone fountain in the village centre. Less than 100 metres due east along the main street is this period detached property now needing a lot of renovation. It consists of a four-bedroom house and a one-bedroom apartment. The main house has a living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, and there's another sitting room upstairs along with the four bedrooms. The apartment has an en-suite bedroom, a sitting room and kitchen.