Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Castle With A Catch

Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch

 

A 0.54 acre island at the southeastern end of Lough Key, near Boyle in County Roscommon is to be sold this December. A castle was built there first in the 12th century and though that was eventually burnt to the ground after being struck by a bolt of lightning, about 200 years ago a “folly house” was constructed in its place by an English family named the Kings.

 

Once again now a ruin, this Irish National Monument is described as being in a “perilous state” but could potentially be restored to create what could be the most spectacular holiday home imaginable.

 

Associated with the Legend of Una Bhan – the tragic story of a girl who fell in love with the son of the clan chief owner of the island – McDermott’s Island also featured in the works of W. B. Yeats and was visited by Sir Bob Geldoff when he made a BBC film titled A Fanatic Heart about the Irish poet in 2016. It was previously used for the Sky One sitcom Moone Boy starring Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas in 2014.

 

Offered with a guide of £79,000 ($102,000, €90,000 or درهم373,000), bidding opens on 7th December and closes on the 13th December though BidX1. Grand Designs loving sorts will no doubt be queuing up.

 

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A Castle With A Catch – McDermott’s Island, Lough Key, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland – Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch – Offered with a guide of £79,000 ($102,000, €90,000 or درهم373,000), bidding opens on 7th December and closes on the 13th December though BidX1. A Castle With A Catch – McDermott’s Island, Lough Key, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland – Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch – Offered with a guide of £79,000 ($102,000, €90,000 or درهم373,000), bidding opens on 7th December and closes on the 13th December though BidX1. A Castle With A Catch – McDermott’s Island, Lough Key, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland – Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch – Offered with a guide of £79,000 ($102,000, €90,000 or درهم373,000), bidding opens on 7th December and closes on the 13th December though BidX1. A Castle With A Catch – McDermott’s Island, Lough Key, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland – Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch – Offered with a guide of £79,000 ($102,000, €90,000 or درهم373,000), bidding opens on 7th December and closes on the 13th December though BidX1.

59 COMMENTS

  1. Wrecking ball urgently required!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not worth a $1!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pull it down!!!!!!!!!!! A liability and a health hazard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • This December 2019? I have not seen any notice from the organization that was trying to save the Island. Is it going to become part of the huge outdoor recreational camping and boating tourist Attraction?

  2. Not all American’s want to tear down buildings. I’m American and I love historical buildings, and would buy all of them and restore them to their greatest glory if I had the money. That would truly be a dream come true. I love these types of places. Please don’t lump us all together. we are all different.

    • Thank you for your comment Leah. Well said, we are all different. It is sad that we can’t even go to other countries and say we came from United States because quickly we are treated as the worst people in the world. How sad it’s this feeling for us, the people that think and appreciate history and culture. I also hoped to have that money to buy this castle, my three children would be amazed to live there.

  3. It’s beautiful and would be a glorious sight once restored. I personally would live there full time. Absolutely gorgeous.

  4. American who would never dream of tearing that down!! If I had the means it would be bought & restored. I’d love a place like that.

  5. From a Canadian citizen with very strong Irish heritage. Restore this wonderful place. Or leave it to stand as a testimony to the areas history.

  6. I’m American and love historical buildings. Our grandfather, James McDermott, was from Roscommon. My brother and I would be interested in our family here in America pitching in to purchase the castle for preservation and eventual site seeing by all Mac Diarmada.

  7. Another American McDermott here, and I am enamored as well by the stately and peaceful vision of this majestic structure. My father’s roots run to Roscommon, and my mother’s to nearby County Cork. I guess things are a bit different in Ireland, than here in the U.S. National monuments are owned and maintained by the government. Why doesn’t the Irish government take the initiative to preserve and restore the castle ?

  8. My great Grandparents came from Roscommon. I strongly urge that the Castle be saved. We should not destroy a part of our heritage.

    • My Great Grandfather Joseph Augustine McDermott was from Sligo. Immigrated to Canada and married Sarah Linklater. Sure would be great if they saved the castle

  9. My great Grandparents came from Roscommon. I strongly urge that the Castle be saved. We should not destroy a part of our heritage.

  10. My great Grandparents came from Roscommon. I strongly urge that the Castle be saved. We should not destroy a part of our heritage.
    I have not commented before. I suspect there is more than one Mary Mc Dermott.

  11. Tried to comment on saving the Castle. But apparently this website thinks there should only be one Mary McDermott.

  12. It should be up to the family in which it was built to decide. Who is to say that the McDermott’s no longer lay claim?

  13. Everyone gets upset when the anything is said against Muslims, African-Americans and Mexicans – but plain ol’ American bashing is quite okay!
    We have a history here, too, you know. Not all American’s want to tear things down – just as not all Europeans want to tear things downs.
    It’s a ridiculous comment.
    That said, my family are Napier’s and originally from Ireland. If I had the money, I’d purchase this in a heartbeat and restore it.
    It’s beautiful.

  14. I live in the United States. My father was William McDermott and he married Elizabeth Rose Flannery. Sad the original castle is long gone.

  15. I want to do restore this site! I just dont have the funds to do so…I wish I could. If the opportunity ever arose that I could do it I would, without hesitation.

  16. McDermott family in Belfast, my mother’s family Kelly came from Roscommon. Love this place, wish i had a spare million to purchase, restore and open for the public to admire

  17. As a McDermott and a retired firefighter !! I’d like to see this place saved and I will come over and visit one day. My Dads side of the family tree is a bit thin on detail. Roots ?

  18. I would love it … reinforce what is there and rebuild the inside. A warm cozy fire and candlelight all the time. Could do composting toilets, and other things as electricity would not be what I want. Solar power maybe … It would be a dream if I had the money to do it.

  19. Anyone know the current status of McDermott castle island?
    Anyone have heritage pieces, photos, etc for sale?
    Is it possible to visit/tour area? Whats the best time of year?

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