The house on the hill

Barry Coad built a picturesque Wicklow mountain lodge with his bare hands, using skills that he learned at his father's knee.

19th October, 2014
The Coad family, Isla, Carol, Barry and Rosie, at their family home in Glenmalure, Co Wicklow. Picture: Barry Cronin

Waterford man Barry Coad wouldn’t be the first person to dream of building his own house, but he’d be one of the few who actually did it. With his own hands. His stunning Wicklow mountain lodge is testament to his tenacious spirit, and the exquisite carpentry skills he learned from his father.

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