Trading up: Clonakilty, West Cork €320,000

Elegance is a word associated with Clonakilty town’s Georgian Emmet Square, right back to its 18th century roots. 
Trading up: Clonakilty, West Cork €320,000

Size: 217 sq m(2,330 sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 1 

Bedrooms: 6 

BER: Exempt

Two years ago, the architecturally acclaimed square won an RIAI Public Choice Award for Cork County Council’s architects (who have since also reworked the main thoroughfare, Pearse St,) and this year, the official Michael Collins Museum opened at one end of the square, in time for the 1916 Centenary celebrations at Easter (see aerial picture, courtesy Dennis Horgan/Collins Press).

Also this year, the corner-set and carefully conserved five-bed, all en suite Glebe House, aka No 15, Emmet Square, came up for sale, quickly going sale agreed around its €450,000 asking price.

If you missed that sale, here’s No 17, an end-terrace original, albeit needing gentle reworking for 21st century living.

The three-storey, six bed residence has charm and period era character, says estate agent Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, and has side access to an old-fashioned yard and outbuildings/workshop to the rear.

Price guide is €320,000, and further renovation spending is likely on the 3,000 sq ft townhouse.

It has two ground level reception rooms, and a long, rear narrow galley kitchen, with three bedrooms each per upper floor, and a bathroom on a return annex.

No 17 has a dashed facade, with sash windows on the lower two levels, and is a protected structure.

VERDICT: Emmet Square’s a town centre set-piece. Special

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