Greenmantle is a small and very ancient traditional Irish cottage that has been creatively restored by artists over a number of years. The stone walls are over two feet thick and this is possibly one of the oldest houses in the area. A visiting Christian Brother and local historian suspected that this was the original site of a monastic cell and there is a building marked here on the earliest maps of the area.
When we came here the house had been empty for fifteen years, it was full of junk and cows were living on site. A side roof had collapsed into a byre full of rotting household rubbish and ancient manure, the haggard walls and banks were destroyed by cattle. During renovations many original features were revealed including stone walls, lintels and giant old beams. We added mosaics to the walls, reclaimed roof slates on the floors, crystals and pebbles in the pointing. We made the cow byre into a crazy bathroom, the house had never before had running water or a toilet. In the beginning we drew water from the stream and used a shovel in the back field. Gradually we turned the cottage into a cozy home and quiet place of retreat for our many visitors. We added workshops and a sun room making a compact and economical living and working environment. The gardens provide further scope for meditation and solace.
ESTABLISHED ARTIST, BASKETMAKER & SCULPTOR BASED IN TIPPERARY, IRELAND SINCE 1995.
I DESCRIBE MYSELF AS ARTIST, HORSEWOMAN, GARDENER OR TEACHER IN ANY ORDER.
HORSES ARE MY LOVE, ART IS MY PASSION.
MY GARDENS EXPRESS A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF IN WORKING WITH NATURE'S CYCLES & GROWING FOOD.
SHARING & TEACHING TRADITIONAL CRAFTS & ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS IS MY MISSION.
Killea is a small traditional village with a National School, Church, Community Centre and Hurling Field and O'Sullivan's excellent local pub, where we often go for a music night or game of pool. Keep going uphill from Killea to Greenmantle, which is in a quiet, scenic spot with woodlands and walking all around and great views across Ireland. Only two houses are lived in along our road, the others being left empty after the old people passed on. Greenmantle is possibly the oldest inhabited site in the area, the current cottage we know was once a herders cottage for the nearby estate at Mount Frisco, whose lands once extended from the top of Curraghbristy to the main road at Longford. The Devil's Bit Mountain is very close, being part of the same range of hills and is a great place to get inspiration and be awed by the views.