New plans lodged at Fermoy for M8 motorway services

New plans have been lodged for a motorway service area off the M8 motorway near Fermoy in north Cork.


Building offer adds up to a good proposition

ONE of Ireland’s top ten accountancy firms, Moore Stephens Nathans, is to sell its Cork HQ — a former Bank of Ireland premises on the South Mall — on a new 12-year lease and at a rent of €180,000 pa.


Good opportunity to express interest in retail investment

A Dublin 8 retail investment let to Tesco Express is on offer at a c 7% net initial yield. Michelle McGarry of Colliers International seeks offers around €1.6 million for the ground floor investment at 51/52 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, close to the Meath Street junction near NCAD and St James Hospital.


Former IFI plant bids may lead to new use and jobs

After years in abeyance, Cork harbour’s infrastructural asset Marino Point may be poised for new uses and employment, subject to its multi-million euro sale being ratified by Nama in coming weeks.


Aldi unit hard to discount as Ballincollig investment

A retail unit acquired in 1999 as the second ever Aldi Irish store is up for sale by tender as an investment: it’s the anchor tenant in the Westside Retail Park, Ballincollig in Cork, on a lease set to run until 2024.


Plum private portfolios

AS Nama this week brings 588 apartments for sale for €116 million in Dublin, aimed at REITS and overseas investment groups, offers on a smaller scale of apartment blocks maybe of more interest to private buyers conscious of the end of year expiry date of the CGT exemption for investments held for seven years.


Waterville works wonders

Tommy Barker hears how a chance sing-song opened extraordinary doors for owner of this Waterville home.


Limo-like luxury by Loughaderra Lake

Substantial, roomy East Cork home has a double garage for its limo-business vendors, says Tommy Barker.


Park life on the Mardyke

Any new occupants of Cork’s 2 Illen Villas will have one of the city’s recently refreshed public amenities - Fitzgerald’s Park - on their back doorstep.


Togher/Wilton on doorstep of Airport Hill Cork home

Tommy Barker says this already extended property, Alderbrook, is ready for take-off.


All’s swell at Cobh’s Kingswell

Tommy Barker heads to Cobh to visit one of its high class big ‘uns on the High Road above the town.


Cork’s Skehard Road gets benefit of massive Mahon renewal

The builders are coming to Cork’s Skehard Road, following on the €850,000 auction sale last week of a house on 1.25 acres there, and with a dozen or two dozen new homes now expected to replace that old five-bed dwelling and its garden. 


Doorstep university challenge on Cork’s College Road for €350,000

It might be a bit old-school, but this four-bed semi-d near UCC on Cork’s College Road, called Glenlough, shows very well and will impress at open viewings from noon today.


Linaro Avenue’s a hide-away by Cork’s UCC

A setting near Cork’s UCC and several hospitals, as well as sports fields, helps to pitch the home Porres, at the corner of off-radar Linaro Avenue, to family home hunters.


Chance to cure it at Old Curate’s House, Ladysbridge do-er upper Cork

Immediate interest has swung in behind the former Curate’s House, or Parochial House, in East Cork’s pretty Ladysbridge.


Back to a rising market at  Waterfall, Co Cork, as €680,000 sought

A ‘sale agreed’ that dragged on for a year before collapsing might benefit the sellers of Caledonia, an eco-aware home in Cork’s Waterfall, at Ballyshoneen. 


Boreenmanna Road, Cork €125,000

There’s a crisp, modern angular look to the apartments built at Elderwood, on Cork’s Boreenmanna Road, and now a one-bed here, No 18, with a very handy patio/balcony, has come to market.


Burrow down at Maryborough

It’s getting harder to get good, clean and well-located three-beds under the €200k mark, so there’s going to be bidding interest in 74 Maryborough Court, priced at €185,000.


Hard to match thatch, especially in Burren and Ballyvaughan beauty spot

Setting near Black Head and Ballyvaughan makes this Wild Atlantic Way thatch special, says Tommy Barker.


Applewood could be sweet buy

Amid rising prices, Applewood may be worth a bite, says Tommy Barker.


Offers ’round €800k for Rochestown’s Oval Bar

A large bar and overhead restaurant, purpose-built within a development of over 800 new homes, is for sale, with a €800,000 asking price - about its original site value, notes estate agent Sam Kingston.


Record sales in sight as hotels spree continues

AS Irish hotel sales inch up to an end-of-year €500m tally, more hotels, north and south of the Border, have found new owners in the past week, in Wexford, Galway and Fermanagh.


West Cork Technology Park deal goes through

AN investment that included land, and buildings and rental income has been sold in West Cork for c €1.4m.


Firm puts forward major changes to shopping centre

Significant internal and external changes to Cork’s Merchants Quay Shopping Centre are proposed in an application lodged last week.


Nohoval mill conversion yields coastal comfort down by a cove

A coastal Cork mill building which literally has come back from the dead has a poignant anniversary next year— it’s by an on-shore spot close to the 1915 sinking of a British tanker.


Fountainstown home worth a look-sea

IT’S a short enough run down hill to the sea from this big, stone-faced modern home called Sunfield House.


Perfect for a stable West Cork life

IT’S ALL horses for courses for the woman selling this one-off West Cork home, small holding, horse facility par excellence and a whole host more: as an engineer, she’ll simply saddle up and start all over again.


Douglas dormer is a delight

THE shortage of mature, family homes in the Douglas area of Cork has underpinned the €630,000 price hopes of Kylemore, a distinctive-looking detached dormer house dating to the 1950s.


Tirol the horse lives on in house development’s name

Tommy Barker finds Cork houses named after racehorse Tirol are stable buys.


Cute country commute at Cloghroe

Tommy Barker says as city prices soar, theres’ value left in easily commutable rural locations.


Cushy times at Belvelly, Cobh’s Cois Fota for  €465,000

Having tweaked their house design to suit their preferences 11 years ago, now that it’s time to sell and move on, the owners of No 6 Cois Fota are bound to have mixed feelings.


Glorious Glencar, Kerry Bridia Valley home for €260,000

Captivating views of the magnificent hills and mountains of the Bridia Valley in Co Kerry come gratis with this seven-year old dormer home.


Eco-features at Baltimore, West Cork €345,000

It might be heading out of sunny, holiday season, but this Baltimore modern build is a home for all seasons.


Tidy times at Rathbarry, West Cork; €365,000

An old, stone wall which was part of the original Castlefreke estate of Lord Carbery bounds Cloonbeg, a four-bed home which is for sale in West Cork’s Rathbarry village.


Ballinlough, Cork €195,000

The selling agents of 5, Sunnyside, Belmont, don’t lie when they describe the back garden of this mid-terrace Ballinlough home as low maintenance: a rake of the gravel every few months is probably about all it needs right now.


Douglas Hall Mews’ pristine No 9 would make a ‘neat’ home for first-time buyers

THE €255,000 pricetag is within the reach of the better-off first-time buyers, and No 9, Douglas Hall Mews, will receive first-time-buyer attention, as well as catching the eye of traders-down.


Quirky Midleton boathouse worth a punt

Two-bed conversion in Midleton for €120,000 has scope for an extension.


Cathedral Road, Cork City €90,000

They were generous with gardens, back in the day when houses were built along CorkCity’s Cathedral Road, up above Shandon Street. 


Sales flow at property auctions in both Cork and Dublin

AN 81% sales record was achieved at last week’s Munster Property Auction, with 21 out or 26 lots selling at Cork’s Rochestown Park Hotel. It comprised 16 Cork lots, five from Kerry, three from Limerick and one apiece from counties Waterford and Tipperary.


Banking on a great return as  Tralee town centre bank comes on market

Private investors are being invited to become ‘King of the Castle,’ as a Tralee town centre bank, occupied by Bank of Ireland on Castle Street, is being touted for sale, with an attractive rental income of €277,000 pa.


Prime residential land minutes from Killarney guided at €100,000

Top Killarney residential development land is for sale, guided at €100,000 an acre, for a plot within a short walk of the busy tourist capital.


Groves Pub in Blackpool, Cork, on market with price tag of €525,000

One of the largest, and best trading pubs on Cork city’s Northside, the 9,000 sq ft Groves in Blackpool, has been put to market by a receiver for €525,000, via agents Behan Irwin Gosling.


Sites in demand around Cork with builders back in town

The sale at public auction this week of a 1.25 acre house-building site in Cork for €845,000 shows builders are back to town — and bidding for sites.


Shandon Travel have been on the move in Cork city

When you’re in the travel business you have to get used to people moving about, but Cork city-based travel experts Shandon Travel are still getting a little excited about their switch to a new city centre location.


Youghal’s Quality Hotel for sale for just €450,000

JOINING Savills’ offer of the Dundrum House Hotel in Tipperary for sale at €2.75m, and the 110-bed Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise for €1.5m, is another Munster hotel — a beachside offer at €450,000, just waiting for the tide of opportunity to turn.


Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre is to be redeveloped

Face of change in Cork City


Planning notes that caught our eye ...

Mahon Point 


A test of market exuberance

Renovated, opened-up semi-d in Cork’s Bishopstown is bullishly priced at €550,00, says Tommy Barker.


House of the week: Kerry Pike, Cork €395,000

There were four house types built at the 33-unit scheme Mitchell’s Court, in Kerry Pike, just a short haul up the shouldering hills of Cork heading towards Blarney — or, towards Kerry, if you were to take the old butter roads.


Well home on wishlist

This Cork period home has a pretty perch — with precious parking space aplenty, writes Tommy Barker.


Trading up: Beaumont, Cork, €330,000

It’s big enough, it’s detached, the house’s location within Beaumont is good - and the €330,000 guide price isn’t going to dampen enthusiasm either on 50 Ashleigh Gardens.


Trading up: Kinsale, Cork €345,000

The Kinsale market is flying along, but there’s a shortage of family homes — and that’s where this Eldon Heights home comes to the fore. 


Trading up: Glounthaune, Cork €375,000

A comprehensive refurb and upgrade has been done to this broad bungalow at 21 The Highlands.


Trading up: Pallaskenry, Limerick €900,000

Depending on what you are looking for, this Co Limerick whopper of a home with Shannon estuary view is either less, or more, than the sum of its many and sizeable parts.


Two could be just right for you

You can tell the market has moved on again, with cash sloshing about, when the selling agents of Nos 13 and 14 Vicars Street (off Cork’s Barrack Street, near UCC) have to point out the asking price €150,000 is per property - and not for the two. 


Cherished retreat with estuary view is attracting lots of interest

Much appreciated by its well-travelled owner, this West Cork haven with developed garden is up for grabs, says Tommy Barker.


Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €170,000

The benefits of being mid-terraced are less heat loss through walls, and you probably get the same floor area as a semi-d or end of terrace home, but for less money.


Starter home: Blackrock, Cork €140,000

As ideal for traders-down as for starters-out is the ground floor apartment at 1 Pinecourt, on Cork’s Church Road, Blackrock and just off the Skehard Road.


Nama fuels hotels blitz

Limerick’s Savoy Hotel, Killarney’s Malton, Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel and now Cork’s Metropole Hotel are set to boost the end of year hotel sales tally to about €350 million.


Cork City office proposal referred to appeals board

The recent decision of Cork City Council to allow a previously-permitted development change from retail to mostly office use has been referred to An Bord Pleanála.


A calling to the bar

Yet another career beckons for Pat Burton - this time, he’s taken on the challenge of a 10,000 sq ft bar and bistro, bought from a receiver, in Cork city’s western suburbs.


Top of class Maryborough to get top glass extension

Thanks to over-building, and over-supply, many Irish hotels continue to be lemons - but it’s orangeries all the way for the winner of the ‘AA Ireland Hotel of the Year’ accolade for 2014-2015.


Former orphanage could be returned to private home usage

A former orphanage property n Cork harbour’s Passage West town, on over seven acres and being sold for the HSE, carries a €750,000 asking price.


Tasty offer in gourmet town

An end of year sale closure is aimed for the in €1.1m-plus investment sale of an AIB bank branch in Kinsale, Cork.


Rebel members win leadership awards

Six Macra members from Cork received Leadership Distinction Awards at a special ceremony as part of county officer training.


Indulge in outdoor living in this beautiful Coachford residence

Coachford, Cork €1.25 million
Sq m 470 (5,059 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: Exempt
Best feature: Serenity


Touch of California on Déise Gold Coast

Dungarvan, Waterford €750,000
Sq m 327 (3,500 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: C3
Best Feature: Setting and style


Glorious Ballinahow House showcases its Tipperary history

Ballinahow, Tipperary €750,000
Sq m 363 (3,900 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 plus 1 Bathrooms: 4
BER Rating: Exempt
Best Feature: Style - and relatively affordable


Montenotte’s crowning glory above the city

Montenotte, Cork €635,000
Sq m 139 (1,490 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: A3


Rochestown home is a must see

Size: 2,717/2,879 sq ft
Bedrooms: 4-plus Bathrooms: 4-plus
BER Rating: B3
Best Feature: Small, contemporary development


Large and lofty des res in Glounthaune

Glounthaune, Co Cork €695,000
Sq m 336 (3,600 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5
BER Rating: n/a
Best Feature: Good, and big


Trading up: New-build at an affordable price

A 2,000 sq ft new-build, air-tight home, for upwards of €70,000? Well, that’s for starters at least.


Trading up: Home in Blackrock, Cork, on market for €470,000

Size: 210sq m (2,250sq ft)
Bathrooms: 5 Bedrooms: 6
BER Rating: E2


Trading up: Killarney home on market for €420,000

Size: 215 sq m (2,300 sq ft)
Bathrooms: 4 Bedrooms: 3
BER Rating: C1


Starter home: Suburban style in Cork’s Millstreet

Millstreet, Cork €150,000
Sq m 140 (1,500 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
BER rating: E2



Starter home: Home in Grange a steal at €195,000

Size: 93 sq m (1,000 sq ft)
Bathrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 3
BER Rating: C2


Starter homes: Unfinished business with new Millstreet homes

Millstreet, Cork, €69,500-145,000
Sq m 100 - 160 sq m
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: C (provisional)

The Distillery Lanes development in Midleton, Co Cork, which will house the frozen food retailer Iceland.

Iceland stores expand

EXPANDING food retailer Iceland has made a second foray into Munster, acquiring an outlet at Main Street, Midleton, at the €30m Distillery Lanes office and shops development.

No 94, St Stephen's Green, Dublin, is on 0.24 acres.

Department of Justice building on sale for €15m

The Dublin offices of the Department of Justice, on St Stephen’s Green, are to be sold for €15m, having been acquired by Brehan Capital, last year, as part of the larger Ulysses Portfolio.

No 4 Washington Street, Cork, is a good investment opportunity.

Four-storey is a must-go alongside Cafe Gusto

Top TV entertainer and broadcaster Graham Norton spent some of his UCC college years living in a bedsit on Cork’s Washington Street above what was then O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Shournagh House has five tenants and a guide price of €750,000.

Investment opportunity at Shournagh House

Billed as a commercial investment opportunity is the fully tenanted Shournagh House, a stand-alone building with five tenants, a €75,000 pa income stream, and a guide price of €750,000.

 Bedford Row, Limerick

History in shop front

SHOP fronts don’t come much more historic, or reborn, as at Limerick city’s Grand Central, on pedestrianised street Bedford Row off O’Connell Street.

Friends First Property Fund now fully owns the Blackrock Shopping Centre.

IWI buys building in Bray for €10m

A building at Bray Civic Centre, let to the OPW in Wicklow, has been bought by equity group, Ireland World Investments (IWI), for €10m.

Above, exterior shot of Hayes Hotel which sold at auction for €650,000, way beyond its reserve.  Picture: Brendan Moran/ Sportsfile

Hotel sale is highlight of auction season

A MUNSTER property auction is set to offer 30 lots to investors and buyers in Cork on October 2, following hot on the heels of a very successful Allsops auction last week that netted an all time high of €54m from 194 lots.


House sales up by 48% nationally

House sales are up 48% nationally, according to figures presented to the Oireachtas by IBEC-related lobby group, Property Industry Ireland.

The Blackwater Commercial Centre has a modest €300,000 guide.

Development drawing very strong interest

Very strong interest is being shown in an uncompleted, mixed-use commercial development in Fermoy town, North Cork, according to Savills agent Steven Denehan.


Cover story: Harbour home is a sight to ‘sea’

Monkstown, Cork, €625,000
Sq m 255 (2,750 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: E1
Best Feature: Solid red-brick in a great harbour setting



House of the Week: Blackrock, Cork, €975,000

Sq m 475 (5,100 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 11
BER Rating: D1
Best Feature: Grand rooms



Rapid rise in fortunes at city pad: Friars Walk, Cork, €180,000

Sq m 67 (725 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
BER Rating: TBC


Imposing Lotaville: Tivoli, Cork, €850,000

Sq m 700 (7,500 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 6 plus 2
Bathrooms: 4 plus 1
BER Rating: N/A



Trading up: Maryborough, Cork €415,000

Size: 157 sq m (1,700sq ft)
Bathrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 5
BER Rating: D1


Trading up: Rochestown, Cork €445,000

Size: 208 sq m (2,230 sq ft)
Bathrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 4
BER Rating: E2


Trading up: Endsleigh, Douglas €350,000

Size: 138sq m (1,475 sq ft)
Bathrooms: 2 Bedrooms: 4
BER Rating: C2


Trading up: Farnanes, Cork €300,000

Size: 184sq m (2,000sq ft)
Bathrooms: 2 Bedrooms: 5
BER Rating: E2


Starter home: Monkstown, Cork, €170,000

Sq m 79 (850 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1
BER Rating: G



Starter home: Kinsale, Cork, €210,000

Sq m 124 (1,335 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: E2


The profitable Strand Hotel overlooking the Shannon in Limerick is for sale at a guiding price of €17 million.

Sea change at the Strand

A TOP and profitable Limerick city hotel comes for sale this week guiding €17 million, less than half of its development cost, estimated to have been c €40 million.

Muckross Park Hotel and Spa is on the market with a price guide of €6.5m.

Hotting up in Killarney

ONE down, another to go in Kerry — DTZ Sherry FitzGerald this week bring Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin’s Muckross Park Hotel to market guiding €6.5m, after their summer 2014 off-market sale of Killarney’s 74-bed Aghadoe Heights for just over €6m, bought by Davy asset managers.

The Rockbrook Estate, Sandyford, Dublin, has 280 fully rented apartments and planning for 416 more.

Former Fleming Sandymount scheme guides at €80m

Luck, and timing, and what might have been....but that’s no consolation for the Fleming Group, whose costly buy-in €245m site assembly vision for Sandyford on Dublin’s southside is only now coming to fruition, as some of its fruits get sold on again.


Cork shopping centre extension appealed

An appeal has been lodged in relation to the recent grant of permission for changes to the Douglas Court Shopping Centre on Cork’s southside.

Annette and Michael Carlos behind the bar at the Roaring Donkey in Cobh; below, an exterior view of the pub. Pictures: Denis Scannell

Donkey a real local

THERE are pubs and bars, and then there are locals — and Cobh’s Roaring Donkey is all three, under the one hat and roof.