WHAT a difference a century or two — and a fire — makes. Coming up on its 200th anniversary, Cork’s Carrig House is/was a period home of note, as well as having reported links to Sarah Curran, the secret lover of Robert Emmet, who fled to Cork’s Woodhill house nearby on Lover’s Walk after the United Irishman’s arrest in 1803.
Ironically carrying a preservation order as a protected structure, Carrig House — which has been owned by CIE since the 1990s — was very badly damaged by a fire in 2002 — in fact, its condition inside is so poor that any engineers going in to survey it now for prospective buyers will have to sign an indemnity form, at CIE’s request.
Located at Lower Glanmire Road, a mile east of the city centre overlooking the River Lee, Carrig House is now very accessible as a new €12m bridge had to be built by CIE to serve a half a dozen houses at Bellevue, facing the Marina: it will now be safer, and handier, than the old level crossing was, to get the builders and hard-hatted crew in.
Carrig House was re-roofed in natural slate after the ‘02 fire, but now needs everything done to it, by a brave buyer prepared for a challenge.
Recognising the costs likely to be involved, selling agents Downing Commercial price the home on its south-facing quarter acre and with scorching potential (but also potential to get burned) at €150,000.
VERDICT: Use the early 1900s Alec R Day ARPS Irish Architectural Archive image seen here, right, to recreate regatta glory days for, oh, possibly the 2015 Ocean to City race. Stick your oar in.