Getting the timing right for a bargain in West Cork

ONE day you’re a rock ‘head’, the next you’re a chippie in a hard hat.

Former drummer, musician and singer Rob McKahey drove the beat with iconoclastic 1980s bands Microdisney and Stump, but when it came time to put down roots, he got more accustomed to the sound of a hammer driving home nails.

The bands were top Indie bands of their time, and now the hills around Gearagh, Rossmore, Clonakilty, are ringing with the sound of silence rather than hammering: this quiet rural spot even has a 30-acre preserved marsh across the road for green credentials.

Rob, who now teaches part-time and has also worked in construction, designed the house himself and was hands on when it came to the carpentry on this one-off, a three/four-bed 2,800 sq ft timber-framed home on a one acre site. “It is good for kids to see their Dad build a house,” he says of the nine month gestation of the project.

The timber frame came from Century Homes, and that firm’s MD Gerry McCaughey even gave Rob McKahey a price-cut on the frame, given their Co Monaghan surname similarity.

Now, Clon’s twelve year resident Mr McKahey appears to be passing on a cut to the next buyer, as the asking price for this recent build, at €460,000 via Kieran O’Gorman auctioneers in Clonakilty, with Terry Hayes of Remax in Cork city, seems reasonable given strong values in the greater Clonakilty hinterland.

There’s a river on the acre’s boundary, and internal accommodation in the main house takes in a hall, sitting room, living room with double doors to the gardens, sunroom, kitchen, utility, and guest WC, with three bedrooms, one en suite and a shower room.

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