Tragic story of a couple who bought their dream retreat on Tory Island (off Donegal) in the early 80's having spent many years visiting the place.
Neville Presho quit his career in the 70's to make a film on Tory Island.
He loved the people, the lifestyle, and the simplicity of the island.
They bought, (I assume) on a romantic whim, rather than for an investment of to flip (hate that term).
Then in 1993, whilst working in New Zealand they received a phone call that someone had offered a pitiful 1000 punts to buy their home.
They rightly refused, then roughly a month later their home was burnt down.
Then a few months later, they received a letter from Donegal Council telling them their house was in a bad state and asked what were they going to do with it. (Is this standard procedure?)
Then 3 months after the Donegal Council letter, the house was razed to the ground. It's not mentioned by whom.
The stress of this ordeal is blamed for the poor man having a nervous breakdown, and also was a factor in the break-up of his marriage.
BBC News - The tale of the 'vanishing house' on Tory Island
House bought in 1982.
Offer refused in 1993.
Burnt down a month later.
Donegal Council send strange letter April 1994.
House disappears between April and July 1994.
What a grubby, little country.