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What else could I get for… the €150k pricetag on this old post office in Galway

We take a look at what that amount of moolah could get you around the rest of the country.

THIS PROPERTY, WITHOUT a doubt, falls into the category of ‘fixer-upper’.

Situated in Maum, Co Galway, the old post office boasts of having had “many lives in its long history which dates back to the 1850s”.

It is acknowledged that while today it is thought to be a “modest house” – in its own time it would have been thought “substantial” by the “ordinary folk” living in little cottages in the hillside around it.

During its colourful existence the property has been put to a number of different uses. It served as a post office for much of its early existence and was transformed into an army /police barracks during the civil war of the early 1920s.

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The really big selling point is that it comes with 25 acres of its own land. It is also in close proximity to the village of Maum – which contains a pub, a shop and a hardware store.

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The grounds contain a second building, ‘the Coach House’. The is substantially less developed than the main residence and is missing certain mod cons – like a roof.

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While the two buildings might not be in the best nick – the grounds certainly have a lot to recommend them. They front onto the scenic Bealandabrack River which runs down to Lough Corrib.

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Here is what the same pricetag would get you around the rest of the country…


Also situated in Co Galway, this cottage will appeal to buyers with less zeal for home improvement.

The property will draw in house hunters looking for something a bit quaint and original. On the market for €165,000 – it sits next to ‘Thoor Ballylee’, a 16th century castle once owned and lived in WB Yeats and his family.

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The property comes with two bedrooms and an accessible attic. While having only one interior bathroom – there is an additional one annexed to the rear.

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That plaque above is in the garden of the cottage and reads, “the kiss of the sun for pardon,the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.” That is an extract from a poem by Dorthy Frances Gurney, a 19th century English poet.

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The property has a solid fuel stove in the main living area and electrical heaters in the two bedrooms.

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This home is on the market as an “ideal starter home or investment property”. At €175,000 it offers an entry way into the capital’s increasingly difficult property market.

Situated just off of the North Circular Road, the city centre is within walking distance. The range of schools, hospitals, restaurants and pubs in its vicinity will also appeal to potential buyers.

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The interior of the home is in good condition and a big renovation would not be on the cards.

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While marketed as a starter home – it also has a number of its original features, including granite lintels, wooden floorboards and open fireplaces.

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The house’s two-up-two-down layout is maximised with an open plan downstairs living space.

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This property is called ‘Convent View’ and overlooks Offaly’s Grand Canal. Potential buyers be attracted to the affordable grandeur that this €165,000 house offers.

It comes with three bedrooms and a number of large downstairs living areas. A number of the house’s original features are maintained – including cast iron fireplaces and original ceiling demeanours.

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With the stock of properties outside of Dublin on the rise – this home has a lot to recommend it. Its location in Offaly puts it within walking distance of Tullamore town centre and a range of other amenities.

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Despite its rustic feel, the house has double glazed windows throughout, a high-powered electrical shower and oil central heating.

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Coming in livable conditions, outlay on renovation would not be a concern for a potential buyer.

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