Co Cork, €225,000 (£194,119)
Helen Cassidy Auctioneers (00 353 94 954 6868) Down by the banks of the River Lee stands crumbling Carrignacurra Castle, a 16th-century stronghold, the name of which means ‘rock of the weir’. It comes with planning permission for muchneeded, extensive repair. The five-storey tower house has a spiral staircase, original gun loops, a murder hole—a secret hideaway from which defenders could drop rocks, arrows, scalding water and anything else harmful and to hand on their attackers—and a battlement walk. To date, three timber floors have been added and there has also been some restoration to the roof.