Town and Country: What will €225,000 buy in Dublin and Connemara?

One-bed apartment in Rathmines, or six-bed farmhouse overlooking water in Rossaveel?


Address: 1 Salem House, Maxwell Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Agent: Oliver's Estate Agents

Set in a small development of apartments and townhouses, this one bedroom studio measuring 38sq m is in Salem House, a period property that retains many period details such as high ceilings and large dual aspect windows that flood the room with light.

Plus: Great location


Minus: The BER of G will need addressing


Address: Tigh Paitsin, Rossaveel Upper, Ballinahown, Co Galway

Agent: DNG Martin O'Connor

This six bedroom traditional farmhouse overlooks Loch Ros a Mhil in South Connemara. Lying on over an acre with lovely old stone walls, the property, which has a southerly aspect, could do with modernisation.

Plus: Super location overlooking the water

Minus: Needs some work and building costs are high

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables