HAVING last sold for the equivalent of ‘small potatoes,’ and after a costly €1.5m plus rolling refurb, Youghal’s beach-fronting Walter Raleigh Hotel — named for Youghal’s most famous resident Walter Raleigh, of tobacco and potato popularising renown — is back for sale, it is increasingly profitable and now carries a €2.5 million price tag.
WITH the daffodils just popping up now among the anemones and snowdrops in its front drive, and under old chestnut trees, Woodville House is a River Blackwater treasure, and an early-season Munster market arrival.
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.
WE have parked opposite the old Post Office, marked on the OS map. Before setting off, we should certainly retrace our steps to the Blackwater Bridge — we will be re-crossing it on our return, but viewing it before we start will make us aware, when we see the Blackwater River upstream, of how romantic and wild it is in this gorge.
ALL Slow Food events have an educational element as well as a hedonistic one. So when we gathered in Lismore recently we started our evening at Michael McGrath butcher’s shop on Main Street. We were all anxious to learn from this man whose skills have come down through four generations – his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.