My fantasy of a life in the west is everyone else’s fantasy too now

Don‘t you dare move out of Dublin and indulge your cottage - fixing, chicken-owning west-of-Ireland fantasy before I do

30th August, 2020
My fantasy of a life in the west is everyone else’s fantasy too now
The pandemic has many city dwellers trawling the internet looking for houses to be bought and fixed up in the countryside

“A few slates and a new bathroom, and that would be actually lovely,” I mutter, peering at four photos of yet another dilapidated cottage 25 kilometres from the nearest shop. “Sure, you could paint over that,” I shrug at the full-blown oak tree forcing its way through the gable wall of a gargantuan farmhouse rumoured to be the location of a sophisticated diesel laundering operation and the last place at least two people were seen...

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