Last month property prices in Ireland took a pretty major dip. This, coupled with the fact that the dollar is continuing to hold strong against the euro, means there are quite a few bargains on the market.

Recently we took a look at the amazing historic castles available to buy in Ireland but, at the other end of the spectrum, we decided to look at the cheapest houses available around the country.

According to the Central Statistics Office of Ireland residential property prices fell by 1.4% on a national level and 2% in Dublin, this January. This is the largest monthly fall since February 2012.

Curious to see how far we could make the strong dollar stretch we hunted down the cheapest houses in Ireland.

The cheapest we found, although in need of full refurbishment, was:

Where: St Brigids, Battery Road, Athlone, County Westmeath

What: Semi-detached, three-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $8,700 (€8,000)
- Located within walking distance of Athlone town center
- In need of complete renovation.

Clearly St. Brigid’s in Athlone is in need of some serious TLC, but at such a low cost that this centrally located town property could still be worth it.

Although there are plenty of other “fix ‘em uppers” on the market for peanuts we decided to have a look at some cheap homes that could be habitable immediately.

Here’s our pick from the cheap list:

Where: Deanery Street, Belturbet, County Cavan

What: Terraced house, three-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $10,800 (€10,000)
- In the heart of Belturbet.
- Parking
- Oil-fired central heating

Where: Wolfe Tone Street, Kilmallock, County Limerick

What: Semi-detached house, three-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $17,400 (€16,000) at auction
- Located adjacent to all amenities in the town of Kilmallock
- Excellent development potential

Where: Ballybane, Granlahan, Ballinlough, County Roscommon

What: Detached house, two-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $20,700 (€19,000) at auction
- Cottage style bungalow
- Located on 1 acre site
- Comprises of back kitchen, utility room, sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom

Where: Main St, Drumkeeran, County Leitrim

What: Semi-detached, six-bedroom, two bathroom
Price: $21,400 (€19,500) at auction
- Formerly known as "St Bridget's Nursing Home"
- Property is in need of total upgrading and modernisation

Where: 2 Millbrook Cottage, Millbrook, Oldcastle, County Meath

What: Terraced house, two-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $21,800 (€20,000)
-  Mid-terrace cottage a half mile from Oldcastle village.
- Garden to the rear
- Consists of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom.

Where:  Mountnugent Health Centre, Mountnugent, County Cavan

What: Detached house, one-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $21,800 (€20,000)
- Overall floor area: 46.5 sq. meters (501 Sq. Feet)
- The Health Service Executive are selling a former health center in the village of Mountnugent
- Located in the heart of Mountnugent Village within close vicinity to all amenities
- Situated on c. 0.17 acres
- Property has commercial status but can be converted to residential purpose

Where: Main Street, Ballyhahill, County Limerick

What: Detached house, two-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $21,800 (€20,000)
- Two-bedroom bungalow is located in the village of Ballyhahill.
- In need of upgrading
- Outside storage shed and a large plot of ground at the rear of the property.

Where: New Street, Cornmarket, Ballinrobe, County Mayo

What: Townhouse, three-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $21,800 (€20,000)
- Located close to the center of Ballinrobe town.
- Includes rear access to a large private rear garden

Where: Maghon, Latton, Castleblayney, County Monaghan

What: Detached house, two-bedroom, one bathroom
Price: $21,800 (€20,000)
- Located approximately 7 miles from Ballybay and 6 miles from Cootehill
- Oil-fired central heating and double glazed throughout

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