Raise the spirits in Co Wexford
Clocha Liath €450k
The townland of Ballyadam in Co Wexford is relatively small, but it's big enough to have accommodated a roaring trade in poteen in the 19th century, at least if The Schools Collection is to be believed.
The collection - 740,000 pages of folklore and tradition - was gathered from Free State schoolchildren all over the country between 1937 and 1939.
The school at nearby Kilmuckridge included a reminiscence from a local man who had died, aged 82, in the early 1930s. He recollected that there was in Ballyadam an old house, by then already in ruins, where "it is said a great trade was done in the manufacture of illicit whiskey". The spirit was then "dragged across country to the towns and villages to avoid detection". The business had been stopped, according to the narrator, 90 years ago - meaning sometime around the Famine.
Today's equivalent of poteen-making is probably the brewing at home of potent craft beer, and if you wanted to indulge that hobby, you'd have plenty of room to set up a five-gallon mash at Clocha Liath, a recently-built detached house a kilometre from Kilmuckridge.
The house occupies a whopping 3,638 sq ft of Ballyadam townland, mostly on one floor. At attic level there's a huge open-plan space full of possibility for pastimes that demand elbow room. It's 1,195 sq ft and at present houses a games room and office. You could also divide it into bedrooms.
Otherwise all the accommodation is on the ground floor, including the four bedrooms, two of which have en-suites and walk-in wardrobes.
The master bedroom has French doors to the patio, as does the living room, where there's a solid-fuel stove. The kitchen, done out in solid oak with a Belfast sink, also opens to the patio and into a sunroom.
The agent is Lambert McCormack (086) 395 1167 and the asking price is €450,000.