Among the many things you pick up from browsing the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) is a vocabulary of odd words that will probably never come in handy unless you're playing a really nasty game of Scrabble.
Take 'squinch', for instance, which is defined as a "straight or arched structure across an interior angle of a square tower to carry a superstructure such as a dome".
You'd need to see one for yourself to understand, and you can, at Henry Bridge which crosses the Grand Canal at Tipperstown, Co Kildare. The bridge, according to the NIAH, is "of considerable historical and social significance" not least because of its squinch.
Probably more significantly for local residents, Henry Bridge is also a waypoint on the Grand Canal Greenway. You can turn left there and walk west towards the Shannon, or turn right and make for Lucan.
Half a kilometre south of the Henry Bridge is this detached dormer bungalow on half an acre, and it's less than 20 minutes' drive from the M50, if you want to get to the capital in more of a hurry.
The place measures 2,000 sq ft, all on one floor, and has four oak-floored bedrooms which are all to one side of the house. Two of the bedrooms have en-suite showers and the master bedroom en-suite has a jacuzzi bath as well, along with a walk-in wardrobe.
The main living area is open-plan and consists of a kitchen, dining room, living room and sun room. The living room has a gas-fitted fireplace, while both the dining room and the sunroom have double doors leading out to the garden. There's also a separate study. The grounds include a sizeable railed deck, a block-built shed and a log cabin on stilts. The agent is Coonan Property in Celbridge, (01) 628 8400, and the asking price is €599,000.