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.

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.


Property management critical as recovery gains strength

IT HAS been an active nine months for Ireland’s commercial property market, with further increased transactional activity anticipated between now and year end.


City retail building a shoe-in on market

AGENTS Lisney bring a second Patrick Street, Cork City, retail building for sale this month as an investment, seeking offers of €750,000 for No 121, opposite the Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre and Marks & Spencers.


Wilton unit the right fit for Skechers

SHOE retailers Skechers have found a second Cork shopping mall footprint, taking a 2,400 sq ft-plus mezzanine vacated by A-Wear at the Wilton Shopping Centre.


Refurbished Seanachai back on the market

A Kinsale bar and night venue is back for sale a year after it last changed hands — and in a far better, updated condition.


Banking on Waterford

INVESTOR demand for quality buys outside the main two or three Irish cities is about to be sampled — with the offer of a fine AIB bank branch in Waterford City, with an excellent covenant.


Zazzle deal dazzles

A US online custom design and sales firm, Zazzle, is setting up a European HQ on Cork City’s Union Quay, capable of hosting 150-200 employees in an IDA-backed expansion.


New entrances for Cork railway station?

The planned redevelopment of Kent railway station, in Cork City, is the subject of a new application by Irish Rail.

Trish Stokes

Economy is gradually building and we need housing stock to match it

Trish Stokes, residential manager with Lisney, takes a critical end-year look at a recovering house market.

The 35,000 sq ft Abbeycourt House, George's Quay,  leased by the Department of Social Protection for the country's largest INTREO office. Picture: Denis Scannell

Office deal is the job

IN one of the biggest office deals in recent years in Cork, the Department of Social Protection has leased the 35,000 sq ft Abbeycourt House, on George’s Quay, to serve the roll-out of its Intreo employment-and-income supports services.

A portion of the 766-acre grounds of Adare Manor, above; inset, the magnificent main house; and, below, one of the bedrooms.

Lands of opportunity

World-renowned Irish trophy property, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, on 766 acres in Co Limerick, has gone to market this week for a price of €25-27m, via agents CBRE, acting for vendor and owner, US-based Tom Kane, who has redeveloped it over the past 27 years.


A building for buyers to ‘court’

Two former Cork City sites, associated with boom-time purchases involving Oyster Developments, are being brought to market by Savills.

Douglas Court Shopping Centre developed by  the Love family's Shipton Group. Picture: Denis Scannell

Douglas Court part of six-scheme sale for €120m

A second Cork shopping centre complex, Douglas Court, developed by the Love family’s Shipton Group, is part of a retail-dominated portfolio that is for sale valued at €120m.

An image of the new 300,000sq ft City Gate Plaza office scheme.

JCD’s €50m office buy

GOOD story for Cork, good story for the country, and more cranes on the skyline to come.


Tax break time limit on sale

Time may be running out for the Government’s commercial property tax breaks extended in the last budget, so demand for quality commercial property has been sustained, says Ed Hanafin of Lisney.


Former Cork soccer stadium to be knocked?

A former League of Ireland football ground is in line to become an office and commercial development, if a recent application to Cork County Council succeeds.


Elbows out in town

SOMETHING is brewing in Cork City centre — the impending opening of a new venture that will boast the city’s smallest craft beer brewery.


Green Reit buy Sun Alliance building for €23 million

The news that Green REIT Plc has acquired the former Sun Alliance building — at nos 13-17 Dawson Street, in Dublin 2, for €23m — bodes well for the city’s crane count.


Architecture Factory award

It’s been a good week for architecture faculties — following the first increase in CAO points in five years.


Apple get go-ahead for Hollyhill site changes

Cork City Council has given the go-ahead for further developments at Apple’s facility on the city’s north side, at Hollyhill.


Modern take on living over the shop in Cork’s Sunday’s Well

The former Village Inn has a retail premises, apartment and roof garden.


Roberts Georgian classic in Waterford for €340,000

Strong early interest is being shown in the investment sale of an impressive Waterford City Georgian property, designed by the local, famed 18th century architect, ‘Honest John Roberts.’


A good fit for investor

Recently vacated by clothes retailer Quills, nos 106/107 Patrick Street, Cork City, are selling for €1.95m.


Decision imminent on Stapleton House plan

Cork City Council should decide within weeks on a plan to allow a permitted retail scheme be changed to mainly office use.


Most southerly pub floated on the market

A ferry business move from one far-flung island corner of Ireland to the other brings the country’s most southerly pub and restaurant up for sale, on a hugely-popular tourist island, with a €250,000 asking price.


Kinsale cost is roundabout €3.5m

The Kinsale Road Business Park which is largely let, has a current rental income of €420,000, representing a c 11.5% net initial yield to investors.