I was out and about during the week and found this old house. There are so many houses and cottages like this all over Ireland, it’s a real shame they’ve just been left when there are so many people homeless.
We were out test driving Gilbert (the car) yesterday….long story, don’t ask!..but if you have a spare car can you donate it to me please? Anyway we found this old house, I done what I always vow not to do and left the house without a camera or a phone so I had to borrow Andy’s mobile phone, pics aren’t as good as I’d like but not bad considering.
I was looking at Flickr the other day and found some great images of our derelict nation which led me to the blog. It really is interesting and there are some great images on it. It makes you wonder why some people leave their homes with family photographs in them or tea towels still hanging up to dry. It’s sad really.
I took the photo above. It was up for sale a while ago. I don’t know if it’s been sold since, it needs a lot of work but I think it would be a lovely home. There are so many houses just left to rot and it’s a shame. I’d love to know the stories they could tell.
It’s in a lovely peaceful area and is set on an acre of land. The cottage is detached and the nearest neighbour is up the lane, so you can see it’s very rural.
It’s only about 2 miles to Coolaney village where there is a school, shops, doctors, a church and even a Chinese takeaway. Coolaney is about twenty minutes drive from Sligo town. It’s also very handy for the N4 and N17 so has good road links to Dublin and Galway. There is also a train station nearby which serves Dublin.
There is mains water, electricity, septic tank and a phone line at the property. It could be yours for only 40,000 euro. So if you are fed up of the rat race what are you waiting for? All the details are here.
Here is a short video of photos I have taken of Coolaney village.
I think that could make a good book
Yesterday was fairly eventful. I have been meaning to apply for a passport for quite a while and actually got around to doing it. So my passport arrived yesterday and I am now officially Irish. My parents are Irish but I was born in the UK so I could get either passport….but the Irish one is cheaper
I had to go into town yesterday afternoon so Jono and I went to The Model whilst we were there. They have an exhibition on at the moment called Angelology it’s by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The picture above is of the ‘Fallen angel’. From what I can make out of the exhibition, (and I’m not too well up on these kind of things), is that we all have angels inside and you should spend sometime each day trying to make yourself a better person. We met a lovely lady in The Model she is an invigilator and travels all the way from Dublin every Friday to work there. It’s very relaxing to go around the building and just to take time out.
And now for something completely different. I was being nosey on the internet last night and spotted this house for sale. What a bargain at only 29,000 euro! So if anyone out there is keen on DIY and looking for a project this might be just the thing.
Three bed two story roadside property, Ropefield, Ballinacarrow, Sligo
Printable VersionFor Sale
Price: € €29,000
This three bedroom two story property comes to the market in need of refurbishment & modernisation that has the benefit of esb, water, and septic tank, To the right client this is the ideal fixer upper at a very realistic price.
Number of Bedrooms: 3
I have to post this fella on my blog, because I think he’s lovely. Although he has a habit of honking at 4am…..which is not so lovely.
For people that were thinking that Westlife are supporting Leonard Cohen they aren’t. They are having their own concert on July 30th. 10,000 tickets are expected to go on sale in the coming days.
I was reading the Sligo Champion today and saw a house that I would love to buy. I’ve often walked along the beach towards it. The views would be stunning….and it’s got it’s own library. If anyone has 2.5 million they would like to donate just let me know
Well for those of you who read yesterdays blog you will know the problems were having painting the top of the house.
The man that owns nextdoor was there gardening today and offered to lend us his ladder…..as we are both not great with heights it was a bit of a challenge….but we did it! My heart was pounding for most of the time and I had to remember not to look down. Only trouble is we have to do the sides of the house tomorrow!
I was shopping this morning and walked past an elderly couple holding hands. The old man could just about walk, ‘aww bless’ I thought and then I heard the man say to his wife there’s a nice young woman for me (meaning me!!) I was quite chuffed at being called young….had to laugh when I saw him go into Specsavers for an eye test
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I’m not going to dwell on either of these, there is so much hype about Michael Jackson at the moment, I find it a bit odd especially by people who didn’t like him when he was alive.
Anyway onto life here. I’ve been quiet on the blog front because we have been busy.
Thanks so much to the people who took the time to sign the petition about Crumlins childrens hospital cutbacks. Also thanks to two kind magicmums who were going to leave teddies at the Dail on behalf of Jono and Lucy as part of the protest about the situation.
I’ve still been waking up most mornings at some daft hour so have been going for walks. I was daft during the week and ended up having to walk down Rockfield hill during the school run (I forgot primary schools didn’t finish until Friday). There is no pavement on that road and in places barely room for two cars. I saw one near miss (or should that be near hit!) and althought I had to climb a bank to get out of the road I still had a car brush past my arm.
It’s mad that there are no pavements on this road. I saw children being driven such a short distance to go to school and I’m sure it’s just because it is too dangerous for them to walk to school.
Anyway the reason for todays pic is that we have been busy painting the house (or half of the house). We weren’t mad keen on the pink and it was looking very grubby. The only trouble is that neither of us are great with heights and even if we were we don’t have a long enough ladder to reach the top.
So far we have thought about stilt walking, trampolining, one of us standing on the others shoulders (including the cats and the kids) or even abseiling!
We phoned a hire place about one of those platform yokes that go up and down (ooer missus) but they want 150 quid a day! I only want to hire it not buy it.
So anyway we are a bit stumped at the moment and the house looks like some kind of ice cream…..any suggestions?
On the other news: You might remember me telling you that I entered the cats photo into a pet competition in the Sligo weekender. Well they didn’t win, in fact they didn’t even get into the top ten…..none of the cats entered did. So I’ve figured that cats aren’t very popular in Sligo and that maybe they should have put them in a different cat-egory
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Todays photo is from yesterdays visit to Glencar. I love the waterfall, it’s so amazing and such a scenic place. I’ll go back another day with a picnic….and hopefully get to walk along by the lake. It’s easy to see how WB Yeats was inspired here…..talking of Yeats we have a camera club competition next week and the subject is Yeats poems….of course that’s a bit technical for me and my brain is buzzing, so goodness knows what I’ll enter.
Another weird day I took mum to get dads death certificate today….well it was an experience. It really reminded me of the film Beetlejuice where everyone takes a ticket and waits….and waits….and waits. I noticed a sign on the door saying that anyone needing a death certificate has to have the persons pps number (which is like a national insurance number), or course no one tells you this so I phoned the number given and had to almost beg the lady to give me the number over the phone. She needed all kinds of details, but in the end I got the number and when our number was eventually called in we went to the office. We were then asked where dad was born….home or hospital….and what address he was born at….I really don’t see how that matters in the grand scheme of things.
Here’s a bit of Beetlejuice (I love the little shrunken head fella:
This afternoon was house hunting and everyone please send good vibes as I have fallen in love with a house!!!! Fingers crossed.