Thursday 14 November 2019

Live like a monk in Clontarf in 19th Century house for €625k

It was the home of a Franciscan friar named Thomas Francis Cassidy, who found at least enough room in the house for his extensive library.

1 Fortview Avenue
1 Fortview Avenue
The bathroom of Fortview Avenue.

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Number One Fortview Avenue in Clontarf, Dublin 3 is a reasonably small house at only 969 sq ft. Nevertheless, for a time in the mid-19th century, it was the home of a Franciscan friar named Thomas Francis Cassidy, who found at least enough room in the house for his extensive library.

Friar Cassidy amassed some 5,000 rare books during his lifetime. It is said he bought many of them from book stalls along the Dublin quays. In his will - he died in 1873, having left the friary some years before - Cassidy bequeathed his collection to any Catholic public institution, though "emphatically excluding the Franciscan Order". The books have ended up in the National Library of Scotland.

Friar Cassidy's old home is a three-storey end-of-terrace house in a cul-de-sac off Clontarf Road, not much more than 100 metres from the sea.

It's enjoyed considerable renovations since the friar's time, including replumbing and plastering, dry-lining and double-glazed windows.

On the ground floor, there's a living room with a fireplace, a family room and a kitchen/dining room with a built-in window seat and a door to the garden.

Up the white-painted open-string stairs on the first floor are the main bedroom and a good-sized family bathroom, and there are two more bedrooms on the top floor.

There's a partly-paved west-facing garden at the back with side pedestrian access and a shed. And when more extensive leg-stretching is called for, you can reach the Wooden Bridge to Bull Island in about 10 minutes on foot.

The No 130 bus to the city centre stops nearby at Clontarf Road, while Clontarf train station is about half an hour's walk away.

Agent Sherry FitzGerald in Killester (01) 833 6555 is handling the sale of No 1 Fortview Avenue for €625,000.

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