The 14-unit Dunkerrin, laid out in a cul-de-sac, was finally launched off the plans last summer.
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"Maybe it's people coming back from abroad who have tasted exciting things and want to bring a little bit of that home," she conjectures, citing the buzz created by "really good and very different types of eateries" like Miyazaki ( It certainly seems that way.
The opening of Cask on Mac Curtain Street is just part of a major public and private investment in the streetscape, hotels and hospitality offers of Cork's Victorian Quarter. Over on Washington Street, the recent opening of Rachel's () by Rachel Allen is one of several new arrivals to the 'hood.
The Farmgate Café hosts regular cultural gatherings, talks and workshops, often in collaboration with UCC scholars and writers, and their 'poetry wall' was joined last year by a striking photographic installation of radical and revolutionary Women of the South.
In another feat of creative programming, The Montenotte Hotel (From baristas to brewhouses, smoking to small plates, Cork has a typically independent take on international trends.
Inside, glazed double doors to the left of the hallway lead to the front reception room with wood-burning stove and fireplace surround.
To the rear is a kitchen/dining/family space, with double doors opening onto the lawn."I just hope we retain its heart and soul as we move forward," adds Harte.Judging from my visit, they're doing just that - bringing a typically independent twist to international trends and grounding a taste for exotic flavours in a deep-rooted loyalty to local produce.A conservatory-style glazed area allows in extra light.An air-to-water heat pump for the central heating system contributes to the houses' A3 rating.But building on the final sections was thwarted by the collapse of the property market.