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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.

Comments

70 comments on “A Castle With A Catch”

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

    1. Family history there. Please don’t think like American’s who tear everything down then wonder why hey have no sense of belonging!!

      1. I too have family history there, are you also related to my Great Grandfather Joseph Ormond McDermott and Mary May Lawler? Obviously I agree with your comment.

      2. Please ignore the silly person, it’s the most beautiful place and if I had a spare £100k I’d buy it in a heartbeat. House of my dreams 🙂

        1. Thank you, all Americans do not feel that way at all. it would be glorious to see it cared for and restored to whatever degree possible.

        2. This american agrees, Restore this beauty! You will actually find a lot of the people would rather save landmarks like this. Its the companies and government that buy landmarks and tear them down. Stop stereotyping it is very unbecoming.

      3. I agree with Mary! I am a McDermett descended from the the family who built this castle. Yes, I am an American but my roots are deep in Ireland and Scotland. I know if I had the money, I would buy and restore it to its former glory!

      4. I don’t think anyone will be doing anything with it tearing it down or renovating it just doesn’t make sense economically

      5. Hi Mary,
        That was pretty harsh about Americans! A lot of Americans are of Irish dissent and absolutely love Ireland and the Irish people.
        I’m an American and I’ve been to McDermott Island 3 times and love it.

      6. I concur with you Mary I am an American and I don’t think like Americans. I hate when they tear down history. I would love to own that castle

      7. With all do respect I AM an Irish American. Both sides of my family are from Ireland. I have been having dreams of this very place . Some wonderful and some for lack of a better word nightmares. I journaled them for years. Until I decided to see if it was just my imagination or was there such a place. To my shock it isn’t my imagination. I am a very sane person . I give my word. Which means something in my family. So please do not LUMP all Americans into your narrow minded thinking of us. You wouldn’t appreciate it if it were the other way around. I’m proud of my Irish heritage. Our parents made sure of that! I would restore it and preserve as much of it as possible. It is a legacy in it’s own right. Im planning a long trip to Ireland . Hopefully i will be able to visit this magical place and see once and for all why I’ve dreamt of it since childhood. Thank you for your time in reading this even though I’m an Irish-American! ❤

      8. Hi my mother was a McDermott dont know much about that side of the famil and my mother died so i have to do some digging

      9. Please don’t lump all Americans together, we do not all think the same. This Castle is beautiful and should be purchased by someone who will love and care for it and restore it.

      10. Excuse me! I’m an American and I was every bit as repulsed by the comment to tear it down!😤 It could be beautiful if some multimillionaire would restore it, but then the public would probably never get to see it!

    2. Useless Troll.
      Your mommy should kick you out of her basement and take away your internet. So the rest of us would not have to be subjected to your noxious self.

    3. No, do not tear this beautiful place down. It has aged, yes, but it is more magnificent. I would love to buy this and put all my time and effort into restoring it.

    1. 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. I may be interested, but would like to see interior pictures. I am a recent widow in Canada with the means to restore.

    1. As a traditional structural carpenter, I’d love to get my teeth into a project like restoring this place.
      I imagine it would need to be done in several phases, with the masonry stabilised before anything else, but the individual roof and floor frames wouldn’t be too difficult with the right supplies of green oak.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 ?

    1. Iam a Mc Dermott by birth this is beautiful, saldly if you had ever been to Ireland, you would see there are so many historic ruins, it would take another full economy to restore them. My Dad always told us we came from an Irish Royal family, I would love to believe it is true. I’ve only been once but I plane to go back a lot more it is a stunning place with lovely people

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

    1. 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

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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 ?

  19. 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.

  20. What’s there today is just a garden folly and not the MacDermott’s castle or house. I’d say Roscommon County Council have a preservation order on it which means no touchy without their consent. I doubt they would even let anyone move in, to live on the island. But perhaps I’m wrong!

  21. I am a Mc Dermott by birth this is beautiful, saldly if you had ever been to Ireland, you would see there are so many historic ruins, it would take another full economy to restore them. My Dad always told us we came from an Irish Royal family, I would love to believe it is true. I’ve only been once but I plane to go back a lot more it is a stunning place with lovely people

  22. It’s really not a good idea to sell this considering the history it has as well as the many people it is tied to. Preserve it and leave it open to the public. This is a piece of history that everyone should have the chance to see, especially those who have ancestral ties. It’s wrong to sell something to an individual when it has such historical value.

  23. What a beautiful place. I love this kind of stuff. Rich history, good stories ! I hope someone buys it and loves it enough to fix it up. You’d get your money back 10 fold by having tours out there.

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