HANDILY, there’s a Belfast sink and a fully-formed fitted kitchen in Waterfall’s Fullacht Fia – the original of the species was a far more basic affair.
Fullacht fias were late bronze age or neolithic Irish cooking, bathing or possibly dyeing troughs, in which heated stones were placed in excavated mounds to boil water and provide for communal needs. The archaeological remains of several thousands have been uncovered, with a very high percentage dotted around Co Cork.
Fullacht Fia is the name now attached to an altogether more comfortable and private family home out at Ballyleigh, Waterfall, less than a 10-minute drive from the edge of Bishopstown suburb and the city’s south ring road.
Built around 30 years ago, this is a big dormer home of about 2,500 sq ft, with four to five bedrooms, four at upper level (two en suite ) and one an optional study or fifth bedroom at ground level. It is listed for sale with estate agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald, with a quoted AMV of €450,000 – not bad at all for the location, size and site of site, calculated at one-third of an acre. There’s a large living area off the pine-fitted kitchen where the units and island have granite tops.
This space has windows either side of the central cast iron fireplace, while the separate lounge at the other end of the house has a wood and marble fireplace. Ms Healy notes this house was built at a time when builders “gave an extra few feet and inches in their product”. Fullacht Fia has a master bed en suite with walk-in wardrobes, and off the kitchen is a pantry and a utility, leading into the attached garage. Fullacht Fia has double glazing, gas central heating and – handily at a time of some water shortages in Cork post-flooding, its own well for water supply. Now, dig out the pit and heat the stones and you’re cookin’.
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