Town set to be right at the heart of decentralisation

DECENTRALISATION might be like the No 3 bus — you wait for ages, and hundreds of jobs come along all at once.

While the Cabinet contorts itself about the wisdom of implementing last year's Budget bombshell on decentralisation now that its instigator Charlie McCreevy has gone all central to Europe, towns around the country await news of jobs bonanzas that may yet follow in his wake.

One such expectation spot is Kanturk, promised 100 OPW jobs, and now with a house project launch at prices to make Dublin-bound civil and public servants sit up and take notice.

The O'Callaghans, a local business family trading as Kanturk Developments, are to sell 168 new homes, in a development valued at €30 million or less than €200,000 per average house unit.

In fact, the cheapest units going on offer will start on the price band at €166,900, with two-bed duplexes, three bed semi and four bed detached houses at €292,900 to be built by contractor John Ronan in the Dun an Oir scheme Kanturk's largest ever home development, designed by PRC Architects.

The North Cork town in the Blackwater region is a 40 minute spin from Cork city via Mallow, and is also close to counties Kerry and Limerick.

And while home buyers might have a wary weather eye out for sizeable investments after last week's flooding, the good news is that successful flood alleviation measures in Kanturk (coincidentally by the OPW) has made the Allow river a tamed beast.

Selling agents for Dun an Oir are Murphy Browne Auctioneers, with offices in Mallow and Kanturk, and show houses are scheduled for completion in March.

Auctioneer Mary Browne said that there was good local demand for the houses, with demand from further afield as well, "thanks to the benefits and securities of living in the country, along with proximity to all services and amenities. Kanturk is undergoing a major revival at present as it is a town designated for Government decentralisation".

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