The well-loved song How Can You Buy Killarney suggests the only way to put up sticks in the beautiful tourist hub is by snapping up all the stars in the sky, blue Irish eyes, and a fine mother’s heart.
But that was all before estate agents existed.
Lough Guitane has gone up for sale — for a cool €1.6m.
The lake is the sole provider of drinking water to the county. The move was confirmed by Kerry County Council yesterday.
A spokesperson admitted the consequences are unclear, but said the issue is unlikely to disrupt the authority’s water access as long-standing abstraction rights are “almost certainly” in place.
However, the estate agent pushing the sale said this will not put off a growing queue of Irish and foreign millionaires from seeking to snap up the location.
“Ronan Keating was very close to actually buying it a couple of years ago. He holidays a lot in Killarney. And the Abu Dhabi royal family has taken a visit,” Micheal Doyle of the West London-based Doyle’s Sales and Lettings explained.
“I think it’s also on the market in Russia with three different agents. And [actor] Steve Coogan has expressed an interest in it.”
The €1.6m price tag — which has come down in recent weeks from an initial €2.5m — includes a 2,500sq ft house and 644 acres of fresh water, plus permission to build a 7,000sq ft home.
The site owner will have “sole fishing, boating, and recreational rights” to the lake, which the estate agents involved said is “laden with trout and salmon”.
In addition, there is full planning permission for further developments.
Only the three lakes contained within Killarney National Park cannot be bought.
Other locations, such as Lough Guitane, can be purchased — provided the potential buyer has the money to splash out.
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