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.

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But building on the final sections was thwarted by the collapse of the property market.

After exiting Nama and battling for survival with US private equity house Blackstone, O'Flynn resumed building.

Remaining are four four-bed detached dwellings, each with 1,708 sq ft of accommodation over two floors.

The homes, selling for €500,000 apiece, have extensive landscaped gardens, a cobbled driveway and railings to the front.

"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.

For every Umi or Bunsen that opens in the city, as Dublin-based operators recognise the upswing in Cork, there's a locally owned EAST falafel hatch (), I wash down a sublime house-smoked monkfish pastrami with rye porridge with their own Herkules-hopped Angel Stout brewed at an in-house nanobrewery.

More: Dublin's Casual Food Revolution: 21 ideas for your next foodie trip Small plates are big news in Cork, especially when paired with well-considered drinks.

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.

The 14-unit Dunkerrin, laid out in a cul-de-sac, was finally launched off the plans last summer.