Sculptor-designed holiday cottage in his beloved Clare


Kinvara €229,000: THE HOLIDAY home of the late Eamon O’Doherty near Kinvara in Co Clare is on the market for €229,000.

The couple bought the site in the mid-1980s. As Barbara says, “We wanted a place we could get to from Dublin, but it was more serendipity than planned that we decided on Clare.” Eamon, also a musician, loved Galway hooker boats, so the musical and maritime traditions of the area were strong draws for him.

Eamon’s design was a modern take on the vernacular style using local materials and craftsmen. While the house was being built in the 1990s, the O’Dohertys stayed in a mobile home with their children on the site “and we began to use bits of it as each part was complete.

When the roof went on it became a structure, and by the time the kids were teenagers it was a house,” says Barbara.

About three miles from Kinvara, Parkmore is a four-bed cottage extended to include a master bedroom and modern kitchen five years ago.

On a private half-acre site that is not overlooked, it is in walk-in condition, within walking distance of a shop and pub and the lovely Traught Blue Flag beach.

Making full use of the light and scenery around it, the house’s ground floor consists of a modern kitchen, sitting room, sunroom, utility room, guest toilet and bedroom. The first floor has three further bedrooms with one en-suite.

Kinvara, Co Clare

Description: Modern extended four-bed on private half-acre

Agent: Brian MacMahon DNG