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How we’re building an eco-home for less than €100k – and plan to be mortgage-free forever

Massage and relaxation therapist Sarah Louise Kernan and her husband Evan are building their own home and permaculture smallholding in Donegal without the need for a mortgage

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Sarah Louise Kernan harvests fruit and vegetables on her land in Donegal. Photo: Joe Dunne

Sarah Louise Kernan harvests fruit and vegetables on her land in Donegal. Photo: Joe Dunne

Sarah Louise with her chickens. Photo: Joe Dunne

Sarah Louise with her chickens. Photo: Joe Dunne

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Sarah Louise Kernan harvests fruit and vegetables on her land in Donegal. Photo: Joe Dunne

‘Around the time I was nearing my 30th birthday, I began to take stock and reassess who I was, where I was in life and where I would like to be headed in my future.

I had moved away from my native Ireland to East Sussex, and was working a very unrewarding and under-stimulating office job. I began to think my younger self might feel somewhat disappointed at older me for not following her dreams.


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