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DREAM HOMES

WEST CORK

NOW is the time to make the move!

The Southern Star’s guide to property in West Cork


THE BEST ADVICE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE “Take the stress out of buying a house by being prepared and plan ahead for the purchase. Surround yourself with a good team e.g. Engineer, Lender, Mortgage Advisor and Solicitor. Be open to hear the good, the not so good and have a list of practical questions to ask when buying a house. Don’t fluff around and ask questions directly and this will reduce your stress levels. “

Questions you need to ask the seller/auctioneer: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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When is the seller/vendor moving out? Discuss dates, be open and honest. What is the Broadband speed? Is it reliable? Has the property ever been flooded? Are there any contents included in the sale price? Is the property directly accessed from the public road? If not, is it accessed over a private laneway and if so, who maintains the laneway? Is there a registered right to use this laneway? Does the property have a septic tank or is it on the mains sewer system? If it’s a septic tank ask where is it and where is the percolation area? Ask them to show you physically where they are. When was the septic tank/treatment plant last cleaned or emptied out? Will it be cleaned out prior to closing? Does the property have a well or is it on the mains water system? It it’s a well, ask where is it, ask them to physically show you were it is. Is it a deep bore well or a shallow well? Where is the pump house for the well? Ask them how many years has it been since the pump was last changed? Does the water require a treatment system? When was the water last tested or was it ever tested? Are there any extensions or conversions carried out to the property? If so, was planning permission applied for? Are the boundaries physically visible all the way around the property? i.e. go for a walk around the perimeter of the property. If you find unfenced sections ask the vendor if they are going to have the fencing erected before closing. Generally you need to see your fencing/boundaries to know what you are purchasing. If you are buying a brand new house check if the builder is registered with the Help to Buy Scheme. Will they accept Help to Buy Scheme money as a deposit under the contract? The Help To Buy Scheme is a fantastic initiative. Call us to see if you qualify and we can give you more guidance. The Help to Buy Scheme also applies to self-builds.

What our clients say about us. “My husband and I just bought our first home, which is a process and a half! It was all smooth sailing when Donna came into the picture. Donna is an exceptional solicitor and a very approachable professional. She was recommended to us by two people from different professional circles and I am so delighted that Donna was on our side throughout this transaction. Donna called to give us advice, she answered phone calls and always keep in contact to keep us informed and updated throughout the process. I will be recommending Donna to whoever listens. Thank you so much Donna and your team” - Rebecca Murray

Wilson Daly Solicitors, Bridge Street, Dunmanway, Co. Cork PHONE 0238845796 EMAIL enquiry@wilsondalysolicitors.com Opening Hours 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday wilsondalysolicitors.com


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MANY people are now reviewing their property status and realising the importance of having a good work/life balance. The uncertainty around Covid-19, combined with advances in broadband, and better remote working options, have all prompted many to consider West Cork as an ideal place to live, work, raise a family, run a business and ultimately improve the quality of their lives. Our exciting new magazine will appeal to those considering relocating to West Cork, to those buying a second home/holiday home, or even those already living here, but thinking of trading up. Dream Homes West Cork will also appeal to anyone who simply enjoys looking at wonderful homes and properties, and having a little ‘dream home’ fantasy moment. We will be promoting the print and digital edition of ‘Dream Homes West Cork’ to potential homebuyers in West Cork, the rest of Ireland and overseas, to showcase our area as a wonderful place to buy a home.

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Why West Cork is the right move for you – and your career by Siobhán Cronin

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HERE has never been a better time to make the move to West Cork. Since the start of the pandemic, estate agents have been inundated with queries about West Cork properties, at all ends of the scale. Lockdown in a city made many apartment dwellers and homeowners living in crowded suburbs realise there just had to be more to life. The yearning for wide open spaces and beach walks isn’t just an Irish phenomenon. Right across the globe the arrival of Covid-19 has left people wondering if there has ever been a better time to just go for it – find that home by the beach, on a leafy country road, or nestled in an atmospheric forest, and just do it. In July, The Southern Star reported how estate agents Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill said they had numerous enquiries from couples and singletons wanting to move ‘back home’ and leave the cities. And Sean Carmody of Charles McCarthy auctioneers told us then: ‘Interest levels have grown significantly, especially for young families,’ Sean said. ‘Last weekend I had viewings from a number of people in Dublin and Cork city.’ Auctioneer Martin Kelleher told us he had the same queries, but also calls from London and New York. The biggest drawback stated by those interested in making the move was, of course, connectivity. Broadband services have been getting quite a bad rap recently, but to counteract that, e-centres and digital hubs are springing up faster than daisies on a warm summer’s lawn. Cork County Council has its own supply dotted all over the region – but there are also many local business groups getting together to organise ‘hot desking’ facilities for those wanting the comfort of an office environment with top quality connectivity, but within a few minutes’ drive of home. A situation which drove the people of Gaggin round the twist – and off to their local church carpark – recently, but luckily a local TD and broadband provider 3 came to the rescue. But if you do need to work from home in West Cork, as well as broadband solutions, there are lots of other supports available. If a new life choice comes with a plan for a new business start-up, then Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) can offer expertise, know-how and financial support.

Allihies coastline and countryside, Beara Peninsula.


There are two Local Enterprise Offices in Cork county and the Cork North and West one has an office in Kent Street in Clonakilty. The office provide direct financial supports to micro businesses (ie those businesses with 10 or less employees) and can advise on a range of alternative funding options available. They offer business information, advisory services and enterprise support and can even organise high-quality training and mentors and can guide you to the services most relevant, to support the growth and development of your business. The LEOs also provide advice on local authority regulations, planning, accessibility, environment and procurement and can put you in touch with resources like the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection for Enterprise Supports; Microfinance Ireland for business loans; Revenue for start-up relief for entrepreneurs, education and training boards for business courses, Enterprise Ireland, and the Credit Review Office if a bank has refused you credit. They can also offer local property solutions for start-ups and business expansions and help you organise key enterprise events. For more see www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest

• To read about broadband options in West Cork, see pages 22, 23

Clonakilty Street Carnival, 2019. You can always be sure of a warm, hearty welcome to West Cork!

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So, if you do opt to make that fantasy move home, or just to the coast, what’s on offer in West Cork? Well, quite a lot, actually. There are the obvious lifestyle benefits: cleaner air, less populated towns and villages and an overall sense of calm and well-being. While there are many people who move here for the lifestyle, there are many more who only discover themselves after they have made the move. After years of being office-bound, many have discovered a latent swimmer, or hillwalker, or painter, or vegetable gardener, was just looking for the chance to get going. Instead of weekends spent in overcrowded city centre parks, here you can take your choice between a stroll through a farmer’s market, a kayak around Bantry Bay, a hike to Hungry Hill or through the stunning forest in Gougane Barra, or an afternoon just sitting by a lake, on a beach, or a hillside, reading your favourite writer. Less commuting means more time for the stuff that makes life worthwhile. Painting with the kids, bringing them to

nearby riding lessons, sports events or baking with them – drawing from the amazing selection of local produce in West Cork for your ingredients. Instead of a Saturday sipping an overpriced coffee on a polluted street, why not grab that flask and a blanket and head to the sea – there are so many tiny coves and nature walks on the peninsulas that you could find a different spot every weekend. And, if you need that urban ‘hit’ every now and then, the city’s just up the N71. You can leave before lunch and be back home for the tea! So, go on, make the move. You know you want to!


Council’s online map will help create talent hotspots CORK County Council says hundreds of people have already signed up to a new initiative to map the talent and skill-set of people living across the county. The initiative is part of Project ACT, a multimillion euro programme to support Cork through the Covid-19 crisis and promote the county as a destination for future inward investment. ‘This will form part of our plans to locate hubs around the county,’ explained Sharon Corcoran, the Council’s director of economic development and tourism. She added that the Council will monitor the feedback regarding skillsets, including language, IT skills and more, to see where best to invest in future digital resources. The Council has partnered with Irish company Abodoo to collate the anonymised data the skills that are available for potential employers and investors to use. ‘The details inputted by users will not be shared with any third party, but will be used to produce a “Talent Heatmap” which will indicate areas where companies can recruit qualified candidates,’ she said. Members of the public are being asked to assist in the creation of the talent and remote working map by registering their skillset at www.abodoo.com/corkcounty. The service is free and information provided in the project will not include any personally identifiable material. The results from West Cork will be of particular interest as so many people have expressed a willingness to work remotely from here since the pandemic has opened up more career options and flexibility from employers. Amongst the type of skills already added to the ‘Heatmap’ for Cork are software, autocad, pharma, customer support and legal skills. What’s more, when you register you will be in with a chance of winning a One4All voucher

worth €100. All you have to do is sign up for Abodoo’s talent mapping platform and refer someone else. Vanessa Tierney, Abodoo chief executive noted the world of work has changed forever. ‘The pandemic has accelerated trends in remote working as organisations the world over scramble to adjust in-person rules to remote work contingencies. And, if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that the day of long commutes to and from the office is over, and hybrid working models are here to stay.’ She added: ‘Our talent heat mapping technology will also help Cork County Council to make better planning decisions, such as where to place digital hubs, new housing units, and other amenities to best suit the future of work.’

‘The results from West Cork will be of particular interest as so many people have expressed a willingness to work remotely from here’

Supporting this new initiative were former county mayor Cllr Ian Doyle; Will Sliney, Marvel Comics artist, who works from his home in Ballycotton; Tim Lucey, chief executive officer, Cork County Council and Sharon Corcoran, director of economic development & tourism at Cork County Council. (Photo: Brian Lougheed) For more see www.corkcoco.ie/en/news or www.abodoo.com/corkcounty


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CORK County Council says hundreds of people have already signed up to a new initiative to map the talent and skill-set of people living across the county. The initiative is part of Project ACT, a multimillion euro programme to support Cork through the Covid-19 crisis and promote the county as a destination for future inward investment. ‘This will form part of our plans to locate hubs around the county,’ explained Sharon Corcoran, the Council’s director of economic development and tourism. She added that the Council will monitor the feedback regarding skillsets, including language, IT skills and more, to see where best to invest in future digital resources. The Council has partnered with Irish company Abodoo to collate the anonymised data the skills that are available for potential employers and investors to use. ‘The details inputted by users will not be shared with any third party, but will be used to produce a “Talent Heatmap” which will indicate areas where companies can recruit qualified candidates,’ she said. Members of the public are being asked to assist in the creation of the talent and remote working map by registering their skillset at www.abodoo.com/corkcounty. The service is free and information provided in the project will not include any personally identifiable material. The results from West Cork will be of particular interest as so many people have expressed a willingness to work remotely from here since the pandemic has opened up more career options and flexibility from employers. Amongst the type of skills already added to the ‘Heatmap’ for Cork are software, autocad, pharma, customer support and legal skills. What’s more, when you register you will be in with a chance of winning a One4All voucher

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CORK County Council says hundreds of people have already signed up to a new initiative to map the talent and skill-set of people living across the county. The initiative is part of Project ACT, a multimillion euro programme to support Cork through the Covid-19 crisis and promote the county as a destination for future inward investment. ‘This will form part of our plans to locate hubs around the county,’ explained Sharon Corcoran, the Council’s director of economic development and tourism. She added that the Council will monitor the feedback regarding skillsets, including language, IT skills and more, to see where best to invest in future digital resources. The Council has partnered with Irish company Abodoo to collate the anonymised data the skills that are available for potential employers and investors to use. ‘The details inputted by users will not be shared with any third party, but will be used to produce a “Talent Heatmap” which will indicate areas where companies can recruit qualified candidates,’ she said. Members of the public are being asked to assist in the creation of the talent and remote working map by registering their skillset at www.abodoo.com/corkcounty. The service is free and information provided in the project will not include any personally identifiable material. The results from West Cork will be of particular interest as so many people have expressed a willingness to work remotely from here since the pandemic has opened up more career options and flexibility from employers. Amongst the type of skills already added to the ‘Heatmap’ for Cork are software, autocad, pharma, customer support and legal skills. What’s more, when you register you will be in with a chance of winning a One4All voucher

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Grá mo Croí is set in Contact a beautiful location Charles McCarthy Estate Agents overlooking Dunmanus +353 28 21533 www. charlesmccarthy.com Bay and very close Supporting this new initiative were former county mayor Cllr Ian Doyle; Will Sliney, Marvel Comics to Durrus village. It artist, who works from his home in Ballycotton; Tim Lucey, chief executive officer, Cork County comprises of a 3-bed Council and Sharon Corcoran, director of economic development & tourism at Cork County Council. bungalow with attached (Photo: Brian Lougheed) self-contained 1 bed annex. For more see www.corkcoco.ie/en/news or www.abodoo.com/corkcounty


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The dummies’ guide to being a West Corkonian So you’re not a local to West Cork, but you still want to move or live here without those knowing ‘blow-in’ looks coming in your direction. Fear not. Emma Connolly offers her failsafe guide to blending in • Always a ‘blow in’ Realise that unless you’re born and bred in West Cork, or can claim lineage that will hold up to intense scrutiny, you’ll always be a blow-in and subject to a certain amount of suspicion. That doesn’t mean you won’t fit in or be liked, it just means that because we don’t know ‘your people’, we’ll feel a bit uneasy. • How to say hello Remember to salute everyone when you’re driving - man, woman, cow, dog, the lot. The general rule of thumb (which can vary from parish to parish) is to give the one finger salute to a stranger, two (not the rude one, obviously) to someone you know or think you might know, and then the full hand (and even a smile) if it’s someone you actually like. Be alert at all times – it’s very annoying to give two fingers when you only meant to flash the one. • The dialect The vernacular may prove challenging at times, but just go with it. The best strategy is to nod away and smile at regular intervals. If you discover at a later stage that you’ve agreed to be a reader at mass or for the local ploughing match to take place on your land, sure, what harm, it’s a good way to get to know people. • Go with the flow Staying on things agricultural, do not lose your mind when you will routinely get stuck behind slow moving cows even if it means you miss a flight or are late for something important like a meeting

or giving birth. Remember to stop and exchange a few pleasant words about the weather with the farmer before you get on your way. When it comes to slurry spreading, don’t expect any warnings to bring in the washing or close the windows either. Oh, and for god’s sake, put up a good cattle grid on your drive, or neighbourly relations can get a bit eh, strained. • A ‘soft day’ alright Do not invest in any proper all-weather gear despite the fact that it will rain a lot and get quite mucky during winter months. In fact, act quite surprised every time it rains as if West Cork is somehow more used to a Caribbean clime. • West Cork celebs Under no circumstances get excited if you see Graham Norton, Jeremy Irons, Saoirse Ronan or any other celebrity (West Cork tends to attract more A listers than Zs). Lots of well known people like to spend time in West Cork or live here and we tend to let them at it. No pointing and no asking for selfies. That’s not how we roll. • The ‘yachty’ crowd If you’re in the likes of Dunmanway or Drimoleague the fashion police will be after you if you’re sporting polo shirts with the collars up. Same goes for shorts in November. Rules are little more relaxed in places like Baltimore and Crookhaven. But if you’re anywhere coastal, it’s a

complete ‘no no’ to sport a lifejacket more than 5ft from your boat. You’ll have to find another way to tell people that you own a vessel or are just off one. Soz. • West along ... Depending where you live, be prepared to discover that you’re not regarded as living in West Cork at all. Confused? There’s a bit of a pecking order and things get a bit territorial. People in the likes of Beara and Ballydehob think Clonakilty is more like a cosmopolitan Cork city and the same for Kinsale. Era, just go with it. • West Cork time Whatever you do don’t turn up to a committee meeting, social gathering or local event at the allocated start time. You will be early ...very early and probably on your own. Always add on at least 15 mins to the time indicated, sometimes 30 mins depending on what and where it is! And that’s the best of advice we can give you. If in doubt say things like ‘era ya,’ or ‘isn’t that gas’ (where ‘gas’ can mean anything from funny to downright horrifying). And remember, sure ‘twill all be grand in the end.’



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winter storms, with a good book, or even feel inspired THERE’S nothing unlucky about this 13-year-old enough to write one yourself. Cape Clear home which is quite likely the country’s An impressively large utility room is another selling most south-westerly property. card, with lots of room to stock up on essential supAndy Donoghue of selling agents Hodnett Forde plies, although the island is so well connected to the describes the three-bed residence as one of the finmainland (eight miles away) with its excellent ferry est on the island and, not surprising, he says it’s getting plenty of attention, nationally and internationally. service, that it’s hardly necessary. All bedrooms are doubles, roomy and light-filled. He said that it’s quite rare for such a modern house The house is on 0.3 of an acre with a tarmac driveto become available for sale on the island. ‘There way to the front and elevated rockery to the rear and would only be a handful of houses built there in a every inch, inside and out, is in impeccable condition, decade and most of which would be for family memtaking turnkey to the next level. bers on family lands,’ he said. Spectacular Cape Clear (one mile wide and three miles long) The purple hydrangeas and Beara chairs will be has a population of in or around 100 people, and enough to sell the dream of island dwelling to lots Annual visitors to Annual visitors to its vibrant community is doing everything it can to of potential buyers, and step inside the front door maintain, and even grow that. It enjoys a curious mix and there’s plenty more to send imaginations into GARINISH CHARLES of native islanders and blow-ins, along with yearoverdrive. ISLAND FORT round visitors who travel for many things, including The house, in the townland of Glenn Middle, has a straightforward and conventional layout, which works its world famous bird watching. It’s an island known for its welcome. perfectly. If it’s not broken, why fix it, after all. It boasts a newand and incredibly successful distillery, Th ere’s a kitchen/dining space with double doors Ireland’s most which makes an award winning gin; there’s a primary to a cute outside terrace which has unobstructed school (just stepsand away from this house), a renowned views of the island’s harbour. of A separate withsouth a multitude Irish college, camp site and more. The selling agent is sitting room has an attractive feature stove where anywhere in Europe Forde in Clonakilty. you could easily imagine yourself cosying up duringto rivalHodnett

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Five West Cork dream homes for under €350,000 Drimoleague, four-bed former schoolhouse, €290,000

GOING back to school will be a truly joyful experience for whoever snaps up this delightful Drimoleague home. It was built as a primary school in the mid-19th century, but was more recently converted into a charming four-bed family home. Measuring 1,900 sq ft, there’s plenty packed into this floor space, including four bedrooms, large living room with a multifunctional mezzanine, kitchen, study, sunroom and two bathrooms and the vibe throughout is cute and cosy. The property, in the townland of Clodagh, sits on a site of just under an acre which is brimming with potential. But it’s outside where the real magic happens at The Old Schoolhouse, we think. There’s a large garage and a separate detached workshop to the rear of the property, attractive yard space, which could be used for everything from pursuing a hobby to home working to a cottage industry. Located off a minor public road, its knockout garden is another selling card, comprising mature shrubs, a lawn, a variety of beautiful trees and flowering plants as well as fruit trees, a vegetable garden and a poultry pen. It’s planted over different levels with lots of nooks and crannies to discover. The façade of the house is every inch the traditional schoolhouse, while the rear has been modernised and has a balcony feature designed to appreciate garden vibes. We think you could learn a thing or two about the good life here. THERE’S nothing unlucky about this 13-year-old The selling agent is Charles McCarthy in Cape Clear home which is quite likely the country’s Skibbereen. most south-westerly property. Andy Donoghue of selling agents Hodnett Forde describes the three-bed residence as one of the finest on the island and, not surprising, he says it’s getting plenty of attention, nationally and internationally. He said that it’s quite rare for such a modern house to become available for sale on the island. ‘There would only be a handful of houses built there in a decade and most of which would be for family members on family lands,’ he said. The purple hydrangeas and Beara chairs will be enough to sell the dream of island dwelling to lots of potential buyers, and step inside the front door and there’s plenty more to send imaginations into overdrive. The house, in the townland of Glenn Middle, has a straightforward and conventional layout, which works perfectly. If it’s not broken, why fix it, after all. There’s a kitchen/dining space with double doors to a cute outside terrace which has unobstructed views of the island’s south harbour. A separate sitting room has an attractive feature stove where you could easily imagine yourself cosying up during

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Cape Clear, three-bed with harbour views, €325,000 winter storms, with a good book, or even feel inspired enough to write one yourself. An impressively large utility room is another selling card, with lots of room to stock up on essential supplies, although the island is so well connected to the mainland (eight miles away) with its excellent ferry service, that it’s hardly necessary. All bedrooms are doubles, roomy and light-filled. The house is on 0.3 of an acre with a tarmac driveway to the front and elevated rockery to the rear and every inch, inside and out, is in impeccable condition, taking turnkey to the next level. Cape Clear (one mile wide and three miles long) has a population of in or around 100 people, and its vibrant community is doing everything it can to maintain, and even grow that. It enjoys a curious mix of native islanders and blow-ins, along with yearround visitors who travel for many things, including its world famous bird watching. It’s an island known for its welcome. It boasts a new and incredibly successful distillery, which makes an award winning gin; there’s a primary school (just steps away from this house), a renowned Irish college, camp site and more. The selling agent is Hodnett Forde in Clonakilty.


Five under €350k Kilmichael three-bed with separate coachhouse, €270,000 Drimoleague, four-bed former schoolhouse, €290,000 GOING back to school will be a truly joyful experience for whoever snaps up this delightful Drimoleague home. It was built as a primary school in the mid-19th century, but was more recently converted into a charming four-bed family home. Measuring 1,900 sq ft, there’s plenty packed into this floor space, including four bedrooms, large living room with a multifunctional mezzanine, kitchen, study, sunroom and two bathrooms and the vibe throughout is cute and cosy. The property, in the townland of Clodagh, sits on a site of just under an acre which is brimming with potential. But it’s outside where the real magic happens at The Old Schoolhouse, we think. There’s a large garage and a separate detached workshop to the rear of the property, attractive yard space, which could be used for everything from pursuing a hobby to home working to a cottage industry. Located off a minor public road, its knockout garden is another selling card, comprising mature shrubs, a lawn, a variety of beautiful trees and flowering plants as well as fruit trees, a vegetable garden and a poultry pen. It’s planted over different levels with lots of nooks and crannies to discover. The façade of the house is every inch the traditional schoolhouse, while the rear has been modernised and has a balcony feature designed to appreciate garden vibes. We think you could learn a thing or two about the good life here. The selling agent is Charles McCarthy in Skibbereen.

IF you’re looking for value for money, you’d be hard pressed to find better bang for your buck than this gem of a package. Comprising a well-maintained former parochial house, as well as a separate coachhouse dwelling, on a site of 1.24 acres, it’s got an asking price of €270,000. Granted there aren’t any of the sea views that are a requisite for many househunters in West Cork, but there’s lush green countryside at every turn which will more than compensate for most. Located in Kilmichael, half-way between Dunmanway and Macroom, it’s just 15 minutes from both. Cork city is also a very easy commute of 40 minutes. The main house is a three-bed period property, which is in good nick, even if the interior needs a little updating, depending obviously on your taste. What’s important is that there’s plenty of space, with particularly attractive reception rooms, and it’s completely ready to move in to. The detached coachhouse is twostorey. Planning permission had been

granted to convert this into a three-bed back in 2007, and while it’s now lapsed, the architect’s plans and details are available for homeowners looking for extra guest accommodation or even an Airbnb rental. Equally, pending planning, this space could be converted into a home office, or home enterprise of some sorts. Selling agent Henry O’Leary said: ‘Covid is doing Irish-based buyers a huge favour by reducing the number of overseas buyers who can travel. Overseas buyers form a huge part of our business, this travel restriction will not last forever and this opportunity will not always be available, for that reason if you have the finance available there may never be a better time to buy property in West Cork.’ All in all, there’s an understated charm about this spot and a sort of “you know where to find me if you want me” confidence which is most attractive. The only potential drawback is that you’ll definitely need a ride-on mower with that amount of grass! The selling agent is Henry O’Leary in Clonakilty.


Five under €350k Three-bed restored church near Ballylickey, €349,000

DIVINE is perhaps the most apt word to describe this beautifully restored church in Dromkeal, near Ballylickey. Called Seahaven, you might suspect a coastal connection and you’d be right – it’s got a glorious location right beside the popular swimming and sailing destination of Snave Bay. The house dates back to 1798, and has been superbly restored and maintained over the years with a well-chosen mix of traditional and contemporary touches. Large church windows, exposed beamed ceilings and original altar pieces are all very obvious nods to the building’s former use. A little snug made from former pews is another clever way to celebrate its past. Far from being twee though, they are tasteful and well-chosen. The downstairs accommodation comprises a large open-plan living and dining

space, along with the snug, and a separate and cosy sitting room complete with a stove. It’s well thought-out with great communal, light-filled spaces, along with more intimate zones to retreat to. The three bedrooms are upstairs, with one in a mezzanine area in a quirky touch. Space in all extends to 1275 sq ft. The grounds are just as delightful and spread over 2.1 acres of mature gardens and lawns. Dromkeal is a sought-after location – it’s within three miles of Glengarriff, just 10 minutes from Bantry town and one hour from Cork Airport. The selling agent says : ‘Seahaven is a unique residence that would make an ideal holiday/ retirement home or Airbnb, given its position in the heart of vibrant West Cork.’ Amen to that! The selling agent is Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill.


Five under €350k Former shop and four-bed home near Reenascreena, €200,000

VISION, energy and budget. If you’ve got these three attributes, then this could be your dream home, according to selling agent Martin Kelleher. Located in a rural, riverside setting in Inchinattin, near Reenascreena, this a really interesting property if you come at it with some imagination. There are several parts to it. There’s the main house, which is a four or fivebedroom residence spreading over 1,485 sq ft. Then there’s the former shop with extensive stores which measure approx 1,900 sq ft. And, yes there’s more, there’s the all-important and show-stopping half acre of idyllic gardens. It has direct access to the river Argideen and a bridge with lovely views west. Martin explains how this was formerly a busy grocery shop and animal feeds store, hence the two-storey storage area. The shop space boasts many original features which he says, will ‘transport you back to the romance of a bygone era.’ ‘This property has been at the heart of a wonderful rural community for generations. Representing a significant opportunity for further development the house is liveable in straight away,’ he said. And while its rural credentials are indisputable, surrounded by lush countryside and a rippling river in lovely Inchinattin, it’s also very well-connected. It is within easy striking distance of Clonakilty and Rosscarbery towns, both are seven miles away, or 13 minutes’ drive, and Cork is an hour’s commute. If you’re looking for a value, a ‘doerupper’ or both, this could be the one. The selling agent is Martin Kelleher.


It’s easier than you think to get connected Living in an area with poor broadband? Don’t panic, there are plenty of great solutions around West Cork, says Siobhán Cronin, and they are more affordable than you might think

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f you’re planning on moving to West Cork, chances are there will be some element of work or career involved in your move According to local estate agents, one of the first questions that prospective buyers ask is: ‘What is the broadband like?’ Like any of the outlying areas of Ireland, and especially the West, there are issues with broadband blackspots in West Cork. And the slow delivery of the national broadband plan doesn’t fill anyone with much optimism that things will get better anytime soon. But, as a result, the community of West Cork has decided to get up and sort it for themselves. The most obvious manifestation of this is probably the hugely successful but privately-funded Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen (Ludgate.ie). With the likes of Google’s Ronan Harris, Vodafone ceo Anne O’Leary, Sean O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex, Brian McCarthy of Fexco and RTE director general Dee Forbes all on the board of directors (among others), well it could hardly fail! It has now become so successful that it is in the process of fitting out two more locations in the town, outside of its Townshend Street headquarters. The 1GB broadband connection, thanks to Vodafone, has made a huge difference to people wanting hot-desking facilities on occasion, or to smaller firms wanting to book out entire rooms. Spearline, which now employs over 50 staff at a standalone site in Skibbereen, started out at Ludgate, showing the value of such digital hubs for start-ups and SMEs. The Ludgate model has been copied all around the country, but there are also plenty of ‘hubs’ around West Cork, too, inspired by the Skibbereen project. Bantry Bayworks, (see BantryBayworks on Facebook) situated over the new SuperValu in the town, and overlooking the stunning harbour, has just opened. It is fully equipped with high-speed broadband and 16 spaces for individuals who want to rent a desk, an office for meetings and a secure soundproof booth for phone calls. There’s also the 1GB Brookpark digital hub in Dunmanway (brookpark.ie) with hot desks and meeting rooms,

Brendan and Jane Hurley of Digital Forge: It’s worth checking out some of the smaller providers around West Cork if the bigger firms say they can’t connect you. (Photo: Emma Jervis) which opened in 2018, and there are 15 desks at the brand new Kinsale Digital Hub, an initiative from local accountancy firm Fitzgerald and Partners (www.fitzgeraldandpartners.com). Of course, Cork County Council might feel hard done by with all these new ‘digital hubs’ since they were already ahead of the pack, having rolled out their wonderful ‘ecentres’ across the region several years ago. The e-centres initiative is a network of community enterprise centres that were established by Cork County Council in partnership with local business organisations and State enterprise agencies, to support start-ups, entrepreneurs and remote workers among others, in order to provide dedicated co-working facilities such as hotdesking, offices, training centres, conference and meeting facilities and other services to support businesses and communities in the Cork region. In their e-centres, businesses build contacts, reducing the isolation often felt when starting and running a business. The Council’s several West Cork centres offer a profes-

sional environment for businesses with no long term commitments and the ability to plan finances in advance with all-inclusive rates. Cork County Council has joined with Ludgate to offer its facilities from the Skibbereen hub, but it also has well equipped e-centres in Bandon, Bantry, Macroom, Goleen and on Bere Island, as well as others around the county. The perceived cost of renting a desk in an e-centre or digital hub often puts people off, but prices are as reasonable as €10-€20 a day for most of those mentioned above, and that comes with top quality office and technology options, and often parking and kitchen facilities too. • Before you start reaching for the digital hub option, it’s also worth checking out some of the smaller suppliers of brodband in the region, if the main players are not able to facilitate you. Some local firms like Digital Forge in Schull and Rapid Broadband in Rosscarbery can very often offer solutions where the bigger firms won’t venture, so it’s worth Googling all the suppliers in your area before you give up on getting a good connection at home.


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28983 or log on to digitalforge.ie. OpenOut is another local company providing mobile and broadband services to domestic and business clients in the West Cork area. Contact: 023 8845599 or email inbox@openout.ie National providers using existing telecommunication infrastructure are increasing their range and the areas covered on an almost weekly basis. These include: • Imagine broadband. Contact: 1800 938 999 or log on to imagine.ie for more details. • Three broadband. Contact: three.ie for more details and their coverage map. • Eir provides broadband using high-speed fibre connection services centred around more urban areas from Cork City to Crookhaven on the Mizen peninsula. Contact: 1800 773 729 or log on to eir.ie. • Vodafone is also providing high-speed fibre optic broadband in West Cork and was instrumental in creating Ireland’s first gigabit rural town in Skibbereen. Contact: 1800 805 014 or log on to vodafone.ie. As with all providers speeds and range vary greatly depending on coverage and your location, so shop around to find the best value and service. You have no shortage of options in West Cork however!

WITH the increased number of people working from home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the need for good, reliable, high-speed broadband for homes in West Cork has never been more important. While the National Broadband Plan has a long way to go yet, the options for customers in West Cork are better than a lot of other areas across the country. There are a number of broadband providers offering services in the area, including West Cork’s home-grown companies Rapid Broadband based in Rosscarbery and Digital Forge in Schull – both of which have been providing quality broadband for many years between them. Rapid Broadband has 15 years of experience in West Cork using wireless technology that covers a large area from Skibbereen to Dunmanway and from Bandon to Clonakilty. Contact : 023 8869000 or log on to rapid broadband.ie. Digital Forge was founded in 2004 and also uses wireless technology beamed from the summit of Mount Gabriel over 30 stations andgot then on to homes VISION, to energy andbase budget. If you’ve and businesses on all three peninsulas these three attributes, then this could from Skibbereen to and east totoBandon. be Castletownbere your dream home, according selling Contact: 028 agent Martin Kelleher. Located in a rural, riverside setting in Inchinattin, near Reenascreena, this a really interesting property if you come at it with some imagination. There are several parts to it. There’s the main house, which is a four or fivebedroom residence spreading over 1,485 sq ft. Then there’s the former shop with extensive stores which measure approx 1,900 sq ft. And, yes there’s more, there’s the all-important and show-stopping half acre of idyllic gardens. It has direct access to the river Argideen and a bridge with lovely views west. Martin explains how this was formerly a busy grocery shop and animal feeds store, hence the two-storey storage area. The shop space boasts many original features which he says, will ‘transport you back to the romance of a bygone era.’ ‘This property has been at the heart of a wonderful rural community for generations. Representing a significant opportunity for further development the house is liveable in straight away,’ he said. And while its rural credentials are indisputable, surrounded by lush countryside and a rippling river in lovely Inchinattin, it’s also very well-connected. It is within easy striking distance of Clonakilty and Rosscarbery towns, both are seven miles away, or 13 minutes’ drive, and Cork is an hour’s commute. If you’re looking for a value, a ‘doerBantry’s e-centre, run by Cork County upper’ or both, this could be the one. The Council, is one of a number of hubs around selling agent is the county, offMartin eringKelleher. high-speed broadband and modern office facilities.

Cork County Council e-centres 10 Reasons you should consider your local e-centre for your business or start-up: • Hot Desks offer a low cost, low commitment alternative – no capital expenditure required • Fully equipped office spaces, complete with telecoms and secure high-speed broadband • Electricity, heat, rates & housekeeping included • A professional address for your business • Access to meeting room facilities to meet clients

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‘Evergreen', Ballylickey

€445,000

Elegant 5 bed Victorian residence, less than 15 minutes drive to Clonakilty and Bandon. This lifestyle property is carefully maintained, offering privacy on 2 acres approx. of mature gardens. 378.8 sq m / 4078 sq ft approx. BER No. 101728103. PSRA No. 004158

Luxury detached home offering contemporary living in the unique sea and river village of Ballylickey. Accom details: Hall, sitting, living, kitchen/dining room, utility, 4 beds, 1 ensuite, 2 bathrooms. 184.6 sq m / 1987 sq ft approx. BER No. 113441786. PSRA No. 004158

CALL Ray O'Neill 023 8833995

CALL Olivia Hanafin 028 21404

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Ilen Bank House, 15 North Street

€395,000

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€325,000

Period restored residence in Skibbereen town with a magnificent west facing garden and raised patio. Accom details: Hall, self contained commercial/living space, kitchen, sitting, study/bed 4, wc, 3 beds, bath. 165 sq m / 1776 sq ft approx. BER No. Exempt. PSRA No. 004158

Coastal bungalow and garage on 0.74 acre approx. with views over Clonakilty Bay. Accom details: Hall, sitting, kitchen/dining, sunroom, utility, 3 beds, 1 ensuite, bathroom. 101.1 sq m / 1088 sq ft approx. BER No. 103379152. PSRA No. 004158

CALL Olivia Hanafin 028 21404

CALL Con O'Neill 023 88 33995

PSRA No. 004158

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I made the move – and I’ve never looked back

Siobhán Cronin explains why she made the move – 10 years ago – from the city to West Cork, and no, she doesn’t regret a thing

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FTER spending most of my working life in hectic Dublin city centre, burnout came suddenly in my thirties. Our family home in Cork was for sale and so, while it was on the market, I decided to move there as a stepping stone to a quieter life. I got a job in the second city – but of course the best city! – and stayed put for 18 months. But it didn’t take long til I realised Cork was becoming almost as traffic-laden, fast-paced and expensive as the capital and so it was time to ‘downsize’ for real the next time. Myself and my future husband spent a few Saturdays viewing homes all around West Cork, trying desperately to stay within a reasonable commuting distance of my job – aiming for Clonakilty or Kinsale. But, given we were still in almost-boom prices, we finally realised we would need to move even further out to be able to afford the dream home that would justify the second upheaval. That dream home came in the shape of a converted stone farmhouse just outside Skibbereen. It was a former holiday home and had all the space inside and out we needed for our rapidly extending family, our pets, and our fantasy of loading up the garden shed with bicycles, kayaks, patio sets, surf boards and barbeques. It was love at first sight and we have never looked back. The most common question my former colleagues in Dublin ask me when we meet up after long gaps is: ‘Have you regretted your move yet?’ I know they are all hoping that one day I will finally admit I do, and that will justify their decisions to stay put. But, hand on heart, it was the best move we ever made. You might still be wondering if West Cork is for you. So have a look at our list below and see if anything resonates.

1. Leaving the Rat Race No matter how social an animal you might be in your teens, or even twenties, there (usually) comes a time in everyone’s life when you want to take a step back, wind down, and start actually living!

2. Property prices There can be a variety of changes in the property market which create the right environment for a move – a

rise in city prices means you will get more for what you sell; a quieter international market during the pandemic means better value in West Cork, or, as a first-time buyer, your money will go further, the further West you go!

3. Schools are less crowded If you are at that stage in life where you are starting a family, or your children are gearing up for second level, it’s reassuring to see the often-better pupil/teacher ratio in rural schools. Even larger schools may be better equipped and have a wider range of options for children than their city counterparts. How many city schools offer students a chance to learn how to sail? Well, Schull does. And many coastal primary schools incorporate either sailing, rowing or swimming classes for the smallies, too.

4. Engage your inner artist If you have ever thought about painting, pottery, textile-design or print-making, there’s a course to suit you in West Cork. Or if you are already accomplished, then just enjoy the myriad landscapes on your doorstep which are all truly inspirational.

5. Born free-spirited West Cork is also a wonderful place to embrace the more spiritual aspects of ourselves – finding a great yoga or pilates teacher is a breeze, or take a trip to the stunning Buddhist Centre in Beara for some soul-searching. ‘Forest bathing’ is the new ‘walking’ now, by the way! And no matter how unique your interest, you are bound to find a soul-mate down here.

6. Channel some Monty Don Talented gardeners are two-a-penny in West Cork, but so are garden centres and qualified horticulturalists, so if you want to develop your green fingers, there’s no better place. The annual garden trail gives you a great insight into how the experts do it, and Garinish is one of the country’s most magical islands for gardeners to visit.

7. Gourmet goodies This region really is a mouth-wateringly wonderful place to live if you love your food. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a classic meat-eater, there is a restaurant,

Siobhán sitting in one of her favourite spots – at the Beacon in Baltimore. café, farmer’s market stall, cookery course or artisan producer just for you. In fact, it’s hard not to become immersed in the foodie fascination here, once you put your roots down.

8. Water, water, everywhere It’s now a scientific fact that proximity to water is of huge benefit to our mental health. And it’s hard to avoid it in West Cork. But don’t just look at it – use it. You can go kayaking, surfing, swimming, sailing, snorkelling … and so much more. There are clubs and courses around every corner, for every age and skill level. Or just sit on a pier and listen to the water gently lapping … the choice is yours.

9. Island hopping Ok, so it’s not Greece, but on a sunny day, if you wrap up warm, you could almost be there! Take a ferry ride, jump on a whale or dolphin-watching boat, grab a canoe or just swim … West Cork is blessed with some of Ireland’s most beautiful islands, some inhabited, more not. But there is nothing quite like a picnic basket, a setting sun and a deserted island, just miles from your own door.

10. Day trips to the city So you’ve made the move but you are petrified you will miss the high street, the buzz of a busy shopping centre or just crowds. Even if you find a home at the far end of the region, you can probably make the city in two hours. Most other locations are within an hour’s drive anyway. On a Saturday morning, you can be up for a shopping trip, meet a friend for lunch, and still be home in time for Winning Streak. Now, beat that!


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