In his 1986 song, Laburnum Lawn, he name-checks some of the western suburban estates, continuing “we feed the flowers and kill the weeds, In our woods without trees, Housing dancing on and on, Willow Grove, Laburnum Lawn.”
Spillane’s lyrical lullaby to the lawn sprung from the spot where his childhood family home, Rathcyll stands, and just recently is up for sale. As he says himself, Spillane would write a song about anything, and has done, from Dunnes Stores Girls, to going to Ballincollig (or not), Princes Street, Farranree, the Lobby Bar, and the three killer orca whales that came up the River Lee. Brilliant, or what?
Even if Spillane’s song to his semi-detached family home (he neutrally observes that Cork is the centre of the universe), hasn’t put Laburnum Lawn on the global map, at least Google Street View has – see the image here, for its houses dancing two by two.
Mid-way along Laburnum Lawn, going west from the Wilton Road, passers-by will find Rathcyll, home of the Spillane siblings and a left-hand, semi-detached three-bed, south-facing in front and with a good back garden with apple tree.
An 1,100 sq ft, well-kept, but dated home, it’s for sale via Michael O’Donoghue of O’Donoghue Clarke, who says the location by the the CUH is popular, and the €285k price competitive, going for a song.