Trading up: Join the presidential set

Tommy Barker sings the praises of The Grange which has wonderful musical associations.

A PREVIOUS owner of The Grange — the noted tenor Frank Ryan — sang for no less than two US presidents. Former Irish president Éamon de Valera was a frequent family friend visitor too.

Now, with a US president coming next week to Irish shores — and the country itself virtually singing for its supper — The Grange at Curraghglass near the Cork-Waterford border comes up for sale, after being in Ryan family ownership for 60 years.

The Victorian glebe, on 7.5 acres in the Bride Valley near Tallow, has five beds and 3,250 sq ft of space, and has recently served as a B&B, popular with RTÉ personalities and others, and valued for its privacy.

It was built in the 1860s by the Rev Richard Longfield as a glebe house for the parish of Mogeely and Templevalley. In 1898 the Rev SH Dorman bought it.

In 1951 the house passed to Frank Ryan (1900–1965), Fermoy-born but best associated with Waterford and Tallow: he was in his 20s when he was hailed as a new McCormack.

Current owner Ryan’s son Kevin sings with Lismore Choir, while his grandson, also Frank, continues the tenor tradition, currently rehearsing with RTÉ’s Kevin Hough. Another of the renowned tenor’s grandsons, John Ryan, is no mean performer either, with both a guitar and a gavel — the latter’s also now the joint selling agent on The Grange, along with country homes estate agent Michael H Daniels & Co.

Asking price via Daniels and Ryan Property Services is €795,000; not quite a song, but open to offers.


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