Energy not wasted in Co Mayo
The village of Islandeady in Co Mayo became unexpectedly famous in recent times as the birthplace of former taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Kenny has said he won't stand for election again and has contradicted rumours that his daughter Aoibhinn might contest his seat next time.
This means that for the first time in 60 years there won't be a Kenny on the ballot paper at the next general election. It also means that the citizens of Islandeady must eventually get used to the unfamiliar feeling of not having a local representative in parliament.
They'll still have other advantages - pleasant, pastoral countryside; a close-knit community; and proximity to all that is worth having in Westport, a mere nine kilometres away.
The nearby townland of Drumneen also has Mayo's first microbrewery, West Mayo Brewery, producing palatable, all-natural ales and porters.
A few hundred metres from the brewery is this rambling detached house on 1.6 acres with views of Drumneen lakes. It was designed by an architect for maximum energy efficiency, and its heat exchange system, triple glazing and high-grade insulation give it a BER of A3.
It's 2,745 sq ft, mainly on one floor, but with a smaller lower ground floor as well. There are two bedrooms on this lower level, with en-suites and walk-in wardrobes, and two more bedrooms at entrance level.
Also on the main floor is a living room with a solid-fuel stove, a playroom and an office. The main reception room is a triple-aspect open-plan kitchen, dining and family room, and with a black high-gloss kitchen with granite countertops. Next to the kitchen is a utility room and a pantry.
The grounds feature a sloping garden with lawns and a detached, 220 sq ft garage.
The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Crowley (098) 29009 and the price is €559,000.