It sounds ominous: a new Irish TV observational documentary series tracking those looking to buy, rent or sell a home in the current disjointed property market has among its first house visits a place called... Land of Lyre.
The first episode of six in the series called Find Me A Home talks to home-owners stuck in negative equity, follows the experiences of first-time buyers at a Galway house auction, and visits a renovated West Cork farmhouse and converted milking parlour and pig shed, Land of Lyre, at Aughadown, Skibbereen (pic below).
The series tracks a range of issues, from housing to finance and rents, as well as going behind the scenes with estate agents.
The programme makers note that, as recovery spreads unevenly across the country, in some parts a lack of supply leads to frenetic bidding wars, while in other areas agents have gone years waiting for a sale.
Among those selected for an insider’s view was Skibbereen auctioneer Maeve McCarthy, second generation in the property sales business with Charles P McCarthy & Co, and in the first episode this coming week she’s doing viewings at the scenery-stealing, rural Land of Lyre on 2.5 acres which has had a price cut to €595,000 from a 2015 launch of €640,000.
Without spoiling the series, it’s not too late yet to put in a bid on the upmarket farm home with humble roots, and which has had two recent sets of improving owners, including a scion of the Cusack acting dynasty, before selling in 2006 to its current owners.
“I was delighted to be involved,” says Ms McCarthy, noting it was a chance to show off some of Skibbereen’s and West Cork’s most beautiful locations, and she adds that following hot on the heels of the Olympic success of local brothers, Gary and Paul O’Donovan, Skibbereen is getting a new community school post-amalgamation, due to open next week, an ETB training college, a new 50-job factory is due for official announcement, and a new technology hub’s in train.
Someone give that positive-thinking woman a series of her own.
: a multi-dimensional property programme aiming to tell it as it is: the first episode of Find Me A Home airs on RTÉ 1 on Thursday, September 1, at 8.30pm.