Everyone in the property industry was hoping that the house price register which would be a publicly available register detailing prices of all houses sold in Ireland would be available this Summer but it now looks like it is postponed till the Autumn. The Irish Times have a good article on it, please see link:
Reenmurragha is the quintessential West Cork farmhouse. In a lovely sheltered location , it does need a lot of work though, so one for the DIY expert. Internally it would probably need to be gutted. However, if you are looking for a good building project this would tick alot of boxes especially because it has really lovely stone outbuildings with it. Located in a very scenic rural location between skibbereen and ballydehob, it is always a sought after area.
Best of luck to all those competing in the ‘Lough Hyne Challenge’ olympic distance triathlon tomorrow. It is a great event starting and finishing in Baltimore, taking in much of the gorgeous scenery of West Cork around Lough Hyne, Skibbereen and Castletownshend, although I do not know how many taking part will be able to appreciate it tomorrow as it is a tough race.
Lough Hyne is a very special place, it is a marine lake and was designated Ireland’s first marine reserve in 1981. The skibbereen heritage centre has The Lough Hyne Visitor Centre which explains the unique nature of this salt- water marine lake.
With its rugged coastline, sandy beaches and rolling hills West Cork is the ideal destination for any holidaymaker in search of adventure. From a light stroll to a challenging hike, the many walking routes criss-crossing the countryside, offer a gateway to West Cork’s spectacular, breathtaking and ever changing scenery.
There is a bounty of sites of national significance from every era and fascinating visitor centres to help you better grasp the paths and events that have shaped modern Ireland. With evocative prehistoric archaeological sites, like Dunbeg stone circle, scattered throughout the region, you can trace the lives of our earliest ancestors from the Bronze Age through to the arrival of Christianity and era of the Gaelic clans.
In the early 20th century, West Cork was to play a leading role in the establishment of the new Irish state – the ambush at Kilmichael being the opening shots of the War of Independence and the ambush at Beal na Blath and killing of Michael Collins speeding the civil war to a close almost 2 years later. But there’s a lot more to the heritage of West Cork than conflict, with important centres for our maritime, industrial and commercial heritage in many towns and villages including Clonakilty, Goleen, Allihies and Castletownbere. The members below are suggested as guides to this multi-faceted and complex heritage, but they will be equally keen to engage in debate with you about how we can interpret our past.
The Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, often referred to as the last tear drop, was the final sight of Ireland for many of the people who emigrated.
West Cork is almost a separate region in its own right. It begins at Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland, and runs in a westerly direction to Dursey Island at the tip of the Beara Peninsula. Both landscape and coastline become more complex and rugged as you proceed westwards. It is festooned with little ports, bays, inlets and harbours and boats of every type and design are there, fishing, sailing and cruising.
Cork is a city steeped in history with a rich cultural past that seeps to the current day – awarded European Capital of Culture in 2005, listed by Yahoo! as one of the Top Ten European Cities to Visit in 2011 and placed by Lonely Planet on their Top Ten Best In Travel in 2010. With over 26 festivals annually in the city alone, it is a stage for various internationally famed festivals such as the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and Cork International Choral Festival. It’s an up and coming destination and is the perfect setting for business or leisure alike, offering top class conference venues, world class golf courses such as The Old Head in Kinsale and a multitude of activities on its doorstep to help unwind and get energised. Nestled in the second largest natural harbour in the world and home to the world’s oldest yacht club, Cork was a departure port for emigration and ships such as the Titanic, and today plays host to the world’s largest cruise liners.
With 1100kms of coastline, the area is festooned with little ports, bays, inlets, islands, harbours and boats for fishing, sailing and cruising. Award winning cuisine abounds, with Kinsale recognised as the gourmet capital of Ireland and you can follow the West & East Cork Food Trails until your belly is content! Adventure is on your doorstep too with the largest mountain bike trails in Ireland located in North Cork and West Cork claiming to have the best surfing and whale watching in the country! Outdoor fun is guaranteed for all the family in East Cork with its award winning beaches and activities. Marvel at castles, parks and gardens along the Blackwater Valley, relax with some angling or simply indulge at one of Cork’s finest spa resorts.