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While Ardnacarrig’s buyer’s identity isn’t publicly confirmed, sources indicate the buyer is a particularly low-key Munster multi-millionaire.

And, it transpires he not only has a feeling for riverside properties, he also loves the sea.

So, as well as Ardnacarrig, this low-profile entrepreneur is also the new owner it is understood of West Skeam island, in the heart of Roaringwater Bay, reached variously by boat from the likes of Baltimore, Schull, or Ballydehob.

This private island extends to 33 acres, with decent pier/jetty, has the ruins of a 10th century chapel on it, and a trio of sensitively upgraded cottages, in a courtyard cluster.

West Skeam was another slow-burn of a West Cork property: it had actually been on the market with Charles P Mc Carthy in Skibbereen since 2013, when it arrived with a price tag of €1.5m.

The island’s vendor was another IT- entrepreneur, Leonard Donnelly, and was much-used by the family, who had a period house up the River Ilen and who commuted from ‘main’ house to ‘island home’ by RIB.

It was sold by Ron Kruger of Engel & Volkers, and had been a year or so on the market, and it made €2.55m, to a Cork buyer based in the Caribbean.

Caveat, clearly: perusing the Price Register necessitates a bit of caution, as some sales are merely asset transfers within a family, or from an individual to a pension pot, or vice versa.

A number of the year’s strongest sellers have yet to surface on the Register.

These include Cork’s biggest sale, that of the architect-designed Corafinne in Scilly, Kinsale, a stunner of a 3,000 sq ft four-bed home maximising its harbour setting and views.

The same E&V agency also sold Scilly House, a Georgian original just above Corafinne in an off-market deal in 2018.

Scilly House shows on the Register at €1.5m, and Engel & Volkers also tipped over the €1m barrier to sell Brizay House, a modern construct on Kinsale’s Compass Hill, and it shows at €1.1m.

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