The most famous of all the folk healers of the 19th century, she was often maligned, but is remembered as a herbalist and noted “Wise Woman of Clare”.
Its current owners hope the derelict cottage can be restored as a tourist attraction.
Standing on an acre of land at Dromore Hill near Feakle in east Clare, it has been described as being of “considerable significance to Ireland’s heritage and folklore”. The property attracts a small, but steady, number of curious visitors.
The cottage, with an asking price of €75,000, is located just over 3km south-west of Feakle and overlooks Carter’s Lough.
According to local legend, it was into Carter’s Lough that Biddy Early, while on her death-bed, asked a local man to throw her famous “blue bottle” which she carried her remedies in.
Legend also has it her magical bottle was never seen after her death as it had been said she only had a loan of the bottle from the fairies who took it back on her death.
A well-beaten track leads to the heavily overgrown shell where visitors have placed items in a window creating a shrine to Biddy.
Two blue bottles, one wrapped in cloth, as well as rosary beads and money, old and new, adorn the window sill.
The property’s owner, Billy Loughnane, believes, with a strong interest remaining in Biddy Early’s exploits, now would be a good time for someone to take up the mantle.
“I spent many years back in the 70’s restoring the cottage but that couldn’t last forever and it fell into disrepair again. I had sought State funding to develop it but no one was interested.
He acquired the cottage in the 1970s from his late father, former TD Dr Bill Loughnane who had bought the property from local man Jim Fitzgerald in the 1960s.
“I would be absolutely delighted if someone could take over the cottage — it needs a new energy. I’d only be happy though if whoever did take it over did so for the right reasons and actually has a real feel for who Biddy Early really was.”