Thursday 25 April 2019

Make a pitch for Tipperary

The Heath, Thurles €375k

The dual-aspect sitting room has a corner bar and a fireplace.
The dual-aspect sitting room has a corner bar and a fireplace.
The house is on 1.56 acres

The Tipperary hurler Tom Semple was famous for a terrific puck - so powerful that one time the ball ended up in the thatch of a house some distance beyond the playing field. Thereafter, it is said, he would always urge the team to aim for the thatch.

Semple won his first All-Ireland hurling medal in 1900, at the age of 21, and was instrumental in acquiring a sports field in Thurles for lovers of Gaelic games.

This would later, in 1971, be renamed Semple Stadium in his honour, and become Ireland's second-biggest stadium - second in capacity only to Croke Park.

So Semple's legacy in Tipperary hurling speaks for itself, although feelings about him are probably more mixed among the owners of thatched houses.

The house is on 1.56 acres
The house is on 1.56 acres

This sprawling detached house is a little over a kilometre from the stadium as the sliotar flies, so probably beyond even the strongest pucks of the Premier County.

It's in a townland known as The Heath, about three kilometres from Thurles by road.

It's on 1.56 acres - not quite big enough for a GAA pitch but handy for equestrian types, as it has both a paddock and six stables.

Other outbuildings include a 730ft store and a 415 sq ft garage.

Inside it's 3,303 sq ft with four bedroom on the first floor, two en suite. The family bathroom on this level also has a Jacuzzi bath and sauna.

Downstairs the main living room is an open-plan kitchen, dining room and family room, dual-aspect and with a timber ceiling. There's also a dual-aspect sitting room with a corner bar and a fireplace, along with a sun room and a study.

You can get to the Red Cow roundabout from here in an hour and a half, or catch a train at Thurles.

It's for sale for €375,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Gleeson (0504) 22997.

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