Trish Dromey.


Cell-by date: Munster home has bricks from old Limerick prison

Dating from the 1930s, this house is in one of the most sought after areas of Limerick city, writes Trish Dromey.

Cell-by date: Munster home has bricks from old Limerick prison

Dating from the 1930s, this house is in one of the most sought after areas of Limerick city, writes Trish Dromey.

Although it’s not quite as old as the Edwardian and Victorian houses further along the Ennis Road, Coolgreen is every inch a period property with its high ceilings, cornicing and bay windows.

Dating from the 1930s, the semi detached property had served as vet’s surgery in the 1970s and became a B & B in the 1980s. for the last 20 years current it has been the family home of the current owners who renovated, extended and put back some of the cornicing and features which had been taken out over the years.

Extended at least three times, it has 1,760 sq ft of living space and is described by selling agents DNG Dunne Cusack as an impeccable home.

Seeking offers of €495,000 auctioneer Gillian Dunne says the Ennis Road location is one of the most sought after in the city and that there is a pent-up demand for this type of trade-up property.

One of the extensions to Coolgreen, is a stone porch /small sunroom at the front.

This was added in the 1980s by parents of the current owner when it was being run as a B&B.

Apparently there was a lot of consultation with the owners of the adjoining house who added the exact same porch so as to keep the symmetry.

Behind the front bay window is an elegant cream living room with a marble fireplace sourced in a salvage yard as well as cornicing, a ceiling rose and a crystal chandeliers and damask style wallpaper.

Beyond it is a second sitting room with cornicing, a bay windows and marble fireplace.

Here, the color scheme is gold and the room has been given a full period style look with a crystal chandelier, an elaborately carved gold mirror and set of rich cream damask curtains with a swag valance.

To the rear there is a 31ft long kitchen-diner added on by the current owner who replaced an existing extension with a larger one and brought in a stone mason to build a brick archway, a stone chimney breast and a brick arch entrance with a stain glass door.

All the red brick used was salvaged from Limerick jail which might make an interesting tidbit of conversation at a dinner party.

Wanting to give the room a period style look to match the rest of the house, the owner purchased a set of 12 antique chairs in a salvage yard, restored them and designed the room round them.

“The chairs were made by a joiner for Castlematrix in the 1800s and were filled with horse hair.’’ says the owner who had a long oak table built to match them.

In addition to the unique table and chairs, the dining room also has a stone chimney breast with a stove while the kitchen beyond them has cream designer kitchen with granite worktops.

Antiques and antique styles furniture are found everywhere on the ground floor and the hallway has a huge ornate mirror.

The owner gave the guest WC a slightly quirky look with Victorian inspired animal portrait wallpaper she found on the Internet.


The upstairs has a bathroom and four bedrooms, two en suite, as well as a smaller room which is being used as walk in wardrobe but could be a study.

The most recent extension involved the addition of an en suite timber floored bedroom overlooking the lawned gardens at the rear.

The stonemason brought the brick work out in to the garden and make a low sheltering wall for the back patio.

At the front of house there is a large enclosed parking area while at the side there’s detached garage aw well as two outhouses where the vet used to treat his patients.

Located within a 15-minute walk from Limerick city centre, Coolgreen is within easy reach of schools and amenities.

“It’s on a mature private site and is close to Ardscoil Ris and Villiers school as well as Limerick Lawn Tennis Club and the Maternity Hospital,” says DNG’s Ms Dunne.

The Victorian and Edwardian houses on the Ennis Road are amongst the most expensive in the city.

In 2018 Springdale, a detached Edwardian property with a large garden, sold for €1.3 million while Overdale a three storey red-brick Victorian house where movie actor Richard Harris grew up, sold for €715,000 last year.

More modest semi detached properties in the area don’t go quite as high as this although St Margaret’s, a modern four-bed semi sold for €595,000 last January and St Gerard’s, a 1940s built four bed semi went for €490,000 in October.


A spacious and attractive home which has been lavished with TLC

Ennis Road, Limerick


Size: 163 sq m (1,760 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4


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