Diarmaid Condon talks to Kathriona Devereux of RTE’s ‘The Consumer Show’ about a legacy dilemma.
Two years ago, Cork woman Kathriona Devereux got some unexpected news.
Following the death of her uncle Bill, she had inherited her ancestral home.
As she says herself, inheriting a nine bedroom house in rural south Tipperary is some people’s idea of an idyll, but not everyone’s.
In Kathriona’s case it led to a period of introspection she had not heretofore considered.
What exactly do you do with a large, untended former guest house with a courtyard and carriage arch in a village that is undergoing a period of transition?
She has put a lot of thought and investigative effort into looking at all her options.
She also put together a documentary for RTÉ on the entire process which airs today, on RTÉ Radio 1.
The options? Re-open it as a guest house, renovate and live in it, or put it on the market.
It traded when Clogheen buzzed with visiting salesmen, bank clerks, and even a smattering of tourists in the summer.
Those days are long since past and, like much of rural Ireland, Clogheen is struggling to hold onto its community and create a new identity.
Closures of Dairygold Co-op and AIB bank branches have left a significant void. Tourism is, however, a growing industry.
The town is based at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains, just below the Vee on the road to west Waterford.
It is a picturesque area rich in natural resources that groups such as Knockmealdown Active are striving to harness.
The building is located on Lower Main St, which seems to be home to something of a movement.
It is parallel to the attractive cut-stone former AIB bank which, following closure, was sold several years ago.
It has since been lovingly restored into Teach Cloiche, high end accommodation with five-star reviews on Airbnb.
At the end of the street, along the river bank, another end-of- terrace, three-storey building has been tastefully converted into soon to open accommodation with an interpretative centre.
On the Vee Road, the internationally renowned Old Convent restaurant and guest house continues to garner rave reviews from all around the world.
There may be similar potential with Vee House, significant expenditure would be involved to allow it to trade again, without any guarantee of success.
The property in question is large, no doubt, and Kathriona’s current home is quite small. But it is in Cork, where she works.
With motorway access, Clogheen is now just 50 minutes from Cork city, but it is still a significant daily commute.
The property also still requires investment to make it habitable, but considering property prices elsewhere, this could be someone’s Grand Design.
Kathriona felt she couldn’t make the required financial commitment, or give up her current life. Time for someone else?
Vee House is on the market with Michael Dorgan Auctioneers at just €50,000 for a 3,000 sq ft, nine-bed house.
Michael Dorgan — 025 85700.
Doc on One, today at 1pm.
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