The Moynalty cottage will be presented at the economy house fair

Áine McGarry with Maggie Molloy outside Trohanny Cottage, Moynalty.

Trohanny Cottage near Moynalty will feature on tonight’s episode of ‘Cheap Irish Homes’ on RTE when presenter Maggie Molloy showcases the 1830s thatched cottage as an example of what can be achieved with some vision and hard work.

In the series, Maggie Molloy is on a mission to find the most affordable properties in Ireland and help people on a tight budget climb the property ladder.

From forgotten farmhouses to cheap bungalows, Maggie and her co-presenter, building engineer Kieran McCarthy, travel all over Ireland to show properties with potential to buyers on a budget. As house prices rise, Maggie and Kieran want to show that there’s still great value to be had if you look in the right places.

In this week’s episode, Cork social worker Helen Conway hopes to return to her farming roots and move on from the suburb of Carrigtwohill. With dreams of opening a small country store, she is pleasantly surprised at what she can afford, as Maggie and Kieran take her and her friend Jim around North Cork and Waterford.

During the episode, Maggie also talks to Áine McGarry about her restoration of Trohanny Cottage over the past 20 years, from a derelict house with a tin roof to a wonderful example of a traditional Irish cottage, showing what can be achieved with a certain vision and hard to graft.

Áine is now renting the cottage on Airbnb to help fund the expensive upkeep of the brand’s thatched roof. She is also campaigning for more government support to help preserve traditional thatched cottages before they are lost due to maintenance costs and both the difficulty of obtaining insurance and the astronomical cost for those who manage to get a quote.

Cheap Irish Homes airs on RTE 1 on Thursday September 8 at 7 p.m.

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