A drop in the ocean

A KINSALE island linked to property developer Gerry Gannon is to be sold by tender next month, likely to make a quarter of the sum it last sold for in the mid-2000s.

Scenic Sandycove Island has 18 acres of wild grazing, within a stone’s skip of the sheltered inlet and slip at Sandycove: estate agent Darragh Taaffe, of Keane Mahony Smith, says “if required, we can arrange a craft to transport potential buyers onto the island.” That’s in contrast to its last floatation on the market, when it was visited by helicopters and RIB boats. Today, when the tide is low enough, penny-pinching viewers keen on an island idyll could wade out to the island and only get half wet.

The island — without any buildings whatsoever, and most unlikely to get a planning permission grant unless building underground, was first mentioned in the Pacta Hibernia for its bearing on the 1601 arrival of the Spanish Armada and Don Juan de Aquila to Kinsale.

The island was last sold in the mid-2000s, by KMS, to a solicitor in trust for more than €1m, with local reports suggesting property developer Gerry Gannon had an interest. Gannon had bought several Kinsale bars, including the Bullman, and he had a home in Summercove, just inside the mouth of Kinsale harbour.

No price guide is given prior to tender.

Meanwhile, also due to be sold by KMS is the former 4,000 sq ft care/sheltered home Abbeyfield House in Cork city.

With nine en-suite bedrooms in a clean, single-storey dwelling on a quarter acre site in Cork’s Curraheen Road, it is due for auction on May 23, for €350,000.

Details: KMS, 021-4270311.

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