Newly up for sale, and being disposed of by a State agency, is Mannin Island, within swimming distance of actor Jeremy Irons’ immaculately restored Kilcoe Castle.
At the head of Roaring Water Bay, and low-slung, uninhabited Mannin Island has just over 15 acres — or a bit more when the tide is out.
Kept watch over by Kilcoe Castle and roadly level, the island Mannin rises slightly toward its centre and has a covering of grass, heather and hedgerow, with seaweed fringes. There’s also panoramic views towards inhabited islands like Horse, Heir, Sherkin and Cape Clear.
It is only a couple of miles off the N71, between Skibbereen and Schull/Ballydehob, and is 200 metres off the mainland — the equivalent of four Olympic pools.
It has no jetty or slip, buildings or services, prompting senior surveyor and Brian Edwards of DTZ to paint a rosy picture (to match the peachy hues on actor Jeremy Irons’ lime-rendered tower): they say “it’s a rare, untouched gem in the heart of West Cork with unrivalled views of Roaring Water Bay and Carbery’s Hundred Isles. We believe that it will appeal both to people from the area and those looking for a tranquil hideaway in one of West Cork’s most sought-after and scenic areas”.
DTZ, through its links with Sherry FitzGerald, may well get an island viewing from some of the international set likely to pass through West Cork this summer, either to view AIB’s David Duffy 10,000 sq ft home at Aghadown, or the Lisselan Estate, new to market at €9 million (see news p2, and Saturday Property.)
Guide is €200,000, and while there’s no promise of planning, there is local precedent for island houses.