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Property: Fix up, look sharp

Three fixer-uppers for savvy investors on sale now. Spending a few Pounds – or Euro – along with investing a little time and TLC, could pay dividends.

Although it's made from stone and not gingerbread, you can still hide away in this Hansel and Gretel-esque cottage
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A real beauty down by Belturbet and inches from Enniskillen

Here's a splendid two-bedroom cottage that could qualify for the Republic of Ireland's Derelict Property Grant. 

And although you’d be forgiven for thinking it must surely be hidden away somewhere in the fairytale Black Forest of Germany, it’s actually in Belturbet, Co Cavan. There’s lots of ornate features to marvel at including original stonework and prized Bangor Blue slates. Meanwhile Cavan town and Enniskillen are 20 to 30 minutes away, depending on how quick your broomstick can take you. And there’s plenty by way of top schools in the local area. All for €145,000.

For sale through OMD Estate Agents. For more search McGrory’s Cottage, Mullaghboy on


Are you ready for a new adventure just two miles from Rathfriland? Starting price, £35,000


Follow the yellow Loughbrickland Road

With just a little wizardry, time and attention to detail, one could conjure up something quite magical here at 40 Loughbrickland Road. 

This two-bedroom cottage is a mere two miles from bustling Rathriland and presents an excellent opportunity for complete restoration or potential redevelopment. The charming property is being sold by Joyce Clarke Estate Agents via the iamsold bidding platform. 

It comes with a guide price of  £35,000.

For more information, go online at

Their website says: “Vendors may decide to accept pre-auction bids so make sure to register your interest.” 

You're my special guest today – colour and character in Sligo

It’s the place you want to stay in

Easily rivalling the neon splendour of CBeebies’ Justin’s House, this Co Sligo property could be yours for a snip at €50,000. 

What’s more, it would qualify for the Republic of Ireland’s Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant and SEAI Home Grant – subject to terms and conditions. 

And you’ll need those extra Euro in your back pocket because this cute on the outside two bedroom cottage requires much needed works on the inside. 

But at the centre of Riverstown village and with lots of great amenities on your doorstep, it does boast plenty of potential. Perhaps a holiday home or rental?

For full particulars go online at