THERE’S a distinct, sort of narrow, blinkered approach to the quiet, hideaway world-retreat of Cork’s Lower Janemount, between close together walls and hedges — but it’s entirely memorable. Just ask Sir Michael Holroyd.
At a recent event at Bantry Literary Festival at which his wife Dame Margaret Drabble was guest speaker, Michael Holroyd, a highly-regarded biographer, recalled in detail the geography of Lower Janemount, saying in conversation he had been born there, in a house exactly fitting the description of No 8.
If true, it’s contrary to Wikipedia, which says he was born in Marylebone, London, to an Anglo-irish father and a Swedish mother.
Knighted ten years ago, a decade after receiving an Irish Life Arts Award, Michael Holroyd penned the definitive biography of George Bernard Shaw, as well as Augustus John.
Whether or which, what’s certain today is that the relaxed and quietly elegant No 8 Lower Janemount is up for sale. The home, likely to date back a century or so, is guided at €345,000, by estate agent Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co.
It’s semi-detached, above private gardens in this southfacing cul de sac with elevated city views, and has many retained fine features (fireplaces, doors, cornicing, Victorian encaustic tiling, etc) as well as the comforts of double glazing and central heating.
VERDICT: A Shaw-fired seller.