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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.

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