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What else could I get for the €95,000 pricetag on this Napoleonic fort in Donegal
We take a look at what €95,000 could get you around the rest of the country.

IF YOU’VE EVER had designs on raising a foot army of over 300,000 and conquering the bulk of central Europe, this could be the property to get you started.

This ’19th century Napoleonic fort and Martello tower’ is on the market for a mere €95,000. The description, however, makes it quite clear that what you get for that pricetag are ‘the ruins’ of the building.

The structure overlooks Lough Foyle and was originally constructed in c.1801, having been positioned for strategic prominence.

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Situated on the Inishowen peninsula, anyone with the resolve to restore the fort into a livable condition would be in close proximity to a number of golf courses and large stretches of majestic coastline.

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The premises are surrounded by a European special area of conservation – meaning that potential future residents would enjoy the company of migrating birds and a range of protected wildlife.

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As you can see from the photograph – the property would require a fair amount of restoration work.

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This old picture, taken in the early part of the 20th century, shows the building in its former incarnation as a hotel.

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Now, this property would no doubt be a pretty big undertaking – but for €95,000, it’s good value for money.

Here’s what €95,000 would get you around the rest of the country…


If you’re the sort of stickler who insists on having your home in a livable condition, this three-bedroom property in Lifford, Co Donegal presents a good alternative to the fashionably distressed fort.

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On the market for €78,000, and with three bedrooms, the property presents pretty good value for money. Built just over ten years ago, the home comes with a number of modern features and is laid out over three floors.

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And lest we forget, Lifford is the capital of its county – just like Paris or Berlin – except that it’s the capital of Donegal (pop. 161,137).

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The house has double glazing throughout and is equipped with oil fired central heating – meaning it should keep the heat in during the winter months.

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Occasionally overlooked, it seems that there are bargains to be had in Longford. This cosy two-bedroom cottage is on the market for €80,000. It also has a number of outbuildings on its premises.

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The rural cottage is set in 0.75 acres of its own land and also comes with its own septic tank.

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The house is located near by to the towns of Ballymahon, Moyvore and Ballymore.

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Inside the property maintains a number of its original features – including a wood-burning stove, exposed beams and tiled flooring.

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This stack of bricks and concrete could end up being a major bargain for someone – depending on how its auction goes. It’s a one-bedroom house located in the Inchicore area of the capital city.

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The house will go up for auction on the 11 December in the RDS. The reserve on the property is set at €80,000.

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The house would also suit a potential investor – with the current tenancy bringing in €7,200 a year in rent.

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This cottage has had its ‘PRICE REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE!!!’ – Now, while that might discourage critics of superfluous capitalisation, it will surely be a plus for bargain hunters.

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The property has two bedrooms and is on the market for €79,000. In recent years it has been refurbished.

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Beside the main property, it also comes with a number stone outbuildings, although what these are for exactly, it does not say.

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The home also boasts a number of scenic views and landscaped gardens.

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Read: “I would never buy a property again,” says Government’s top housing adviser. “I rent”

Also: 5 properties to view… on the outskirts of Dublin