Watch the trains roll by from former station house for €225k
Station House, Ballycar €225k
The train between Ennis and Limerick no longer stops at Ballycar station, but the name of this south Clare village is well-known to rail users all the same.
Owing to flooding to the north of Ballycar Lough, some distance from the former station, the railway line frequently has to be closed in winter and thousands of fuming passengers herded onto buses instead. And it's a problem almost as old as the railway line itself: a drainage plan to alleviate the flooding was put forward back in 1864 but nothing came of it.
At any rate, the station at Ballycar and Newmarket closed in 1963, along with so many other rural stations, and the station house is now in private hands.
The place has been restored and renovated and has some wonderful period features, although the décor could stand some updating. There are more recent features too including PVC windows and oil-fired central heating.
It stands at 1,786 sq ft with either two or three bedrooms depending on whether you want an absolute abundance of reception rooms or not.
Otherwise the reception rooms consist of a dining room, a lounge and a 'reading room'. There's also a sun lounge with a door to the garden, and a wood-fitted kitchen and breakfast room, open-plan.
The upstairs landing is full of light, having glazing on two full walls, and the two main bedrooms and bathroom are on this floor.
The grounds are well cared for with lawns and flowerbeds, and all the imaginative potential of a functioning railway line beyond the garden wall.
The Station House is three kilometres from Newmarket-on-Fergus and about 10km from Shannon airport. Ballycar National School, where President Michael D Higgins got his primary education, is half a kilometre away.
It's for sale for €225,000 with Sherry FitzGerald O'Donovan in Shannon (061) 361 905.