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Former convent - and home of singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker - is going for €495,000

Former convent and school house at Eyrecourt bought from singer Roger Whittaker gets a lofty upgrade, writes Mark Keenan

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The kitchen at the converted convent. Photo: Tony Healy

The kitchen at the converted convent. Photo: Tony Healy

Whittaker award discs

Whittaker award discs

Singer songwriter Roger Whittaker

Singer songwriter Roger Whittaker

One of the luxury bathrooms

One of the luxury bathrooms

A four poster in a bedroom

A four poster in a bedroom

A well lit corridor

A well lit corridor

The lit corridor to the conservatory

The lit corridor to the conservatory

The study and library at the Old Convent and School House at Eyrecourt, which cost €150,000 in hardwood bespoke joinery

The study and library at the Old Convent and School House at Eyrecourt, which cost €150,000 in hardwood bespoke joinery

The old clock tower

The old clock tower

The 1700 built exterior

The 1700 built exterior

The hall

The hall

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The kitchen at the converted convent. Photo: Tony Healy

To those who regard him as the folksy baritone granddaddy troubadour with a penchant for whistling, the backstory of the singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker might surprise. Peaking in his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Whittaker sold fifty-five million records worldwide and achieved 250 gold, platinum and silver discs with hits like 'Durham Town' and 'New World in the Morning'. He also stirred a fair bit of ribbing for his impressively artful whistling-only tune, 'The Mexican Whistler', which comedian Julian Clary used as the basis for Desperately Seeking Roger, a 1991 Whittaker-based mockumentary starring among others, Eartha Kitt, Quentin Crisp, Brooke Shields and LL Cool J.

Born in Nairobi in Kenya to English parents, Roger went to school there before joining the army at 18 to fight in one of the most brutal colonial wars that erupted in Africa. As a member of the Kenya Regiment, which comprised local colonists and pro-British tribe members, he was pitched against the feared Mau Mau deep in the Aberdare Forest during the 1952-1960 Kenyan war. Whittaker claimed that he was a "selfish boy" and that the army put him right.


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