Some of James Joyce's early years were spent on the plains of north Kildare, where, from the age of six, he attended Clongowes Wood College, the Jesuit boarding school near Clane.
In his semi-autobiographical novel, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, Joyce's experiences of the Kildare flatlands - as told through the recollections of his alter ego Stephen Dedalus - vividly describe his journeys between Clongowes and Sallins, where he would to catch the train at the end of school term. The protagonist tells of how the horse-drawn coaches would crunch along the gravel avenue of Clongowes and then on the road to Clane.
The route from Clongowes to Clane is a tad busier since Joyce's time. On College Road, near the prestigious school, some 105 houses are planned for a new residential development called Aughamore, a name that derives from the Irish for 'big plain'.
More than 30 three and four-bed detached and semi-detached family homes at the scheme have sold steadily to young families and first-time buyers since Aughamore was launched off the plans a year ago. A showhouse followed in October and a second phase of 17 homes is now on the market.
Fourteen properties in the latest release are still available. These include three-bed semi-detached designs from The Holly house style, which measures 1,132 sq ft and is priced from €315,000. The four-bed version, which is laid out over three storeys, is from The Willow house type. It has 1,432 sq ft of accommodation and costs from €335,000. The largest and most expensive style in this phase is The Hawthorn, a four-bed detached type with 1,679 sq ft of space and an asking price of €420,000.
There will be more units from the Hawthorn style for sale in future phases.
Aughamore is a few minutes' walk from the centre of Clane, which is 32km from Dublin along the M4.
Viewings of The Willow showhouse will take place between 12pm-2pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Aughamore, Clane, Co Kildare Asking price: €315,000-€420,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Reilly (045) 868412
Parklands, a hillside estate that overlooks the East Cork seaside town of Youghal, was originally built during the Boom era. However, the scheme has since been taken over by a new developer, Redbarn Youghal Construction Ltd, which is now finishing out the estate.
Navan, one of the world's few towns with a palindromic name, straddles both sides of the rivers Blackwater and Boyne. Indeed, 2km outside the dormitory town, in the suburb of Johnstown, the rivers of Co Meath have served as the inspiration for a new development called Cois Glaisín, which itself means 'beside the stream'.
There are just two homes available in the current release of traditional three-bed semi-detached homes at Castleland Park Place, a scheme in the North County Dublin coastal town of Balbriggan, but plans are afoot for another phase to come to the market in May.