Exclusive: Toscan du Plantier neighbour sells home as road closed due to ‘murder tour’
31st July 2021
A neighbour of the Toscan du Plantier home in West Cork has sold their house amid a surge in dark tourism to the area.© Provided by Extra.ie
The house where Sophie Toscan du Plantier infamously spent her last night is located in an extremely isolated area of West Cork.
Found at the end of a winding country road, the residence is accompanied by just two other homes to the rear and one has just been sold.© Provided by Extra.ie A neighbour of the Toscan du Plantier home in West Cork has sold their house amid a surge in dark tourism to the area.
Sharing a driveway with the Toscan du Plantier residence, the home belonged to Shirley Forster and the late Alfie Lyons who sadly passed away this year.
The two-bedroom home in Toormore had gone on the market with an asking price of €250,000 but ads recently disappeared for the property.
Having contacted the selling agents, Extra.ie has learned that the home has now been sold.© Provided by Extra.ie The house where Sophie Toscan du Plantier infamously spent her last night is located in an extremely isolated area of West Cork. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios
The sale comes amid a surge in dark tourism to Schull, Goleen and specifically the isolated region around Sophie’s house in Toormore.
Speaking to The Irish Times recently, Shirley, who discovered Sophie’s body in 1996 said: ‘We had people bringing their grannies and their small children to look at the cross marking where Sophie was found, and then some of them were cheeky enough to drive up to the house and peer in the windows – that sort of thing.’
Having recently spoken to a local guard, Extra.ie was told that countless tourists were pouring into the area on a ‘murder tour’.
Visiting Schull, hoping to catch a glimpse of Ian Bailey and driving up to the house where Sophie tragically lost her life, the ‘murder tourists’ have left locals sickened by the insensitive behaviour.© Provided by Extra.ie Found at the end of a winding country road, the residence is accompanied by just two other homes to the rear and one has just been sold.
‘There are plenty coming in now on a murder tour,’ the guard said in front of a sign that read ‘road closed’ ahead of the turn off to the Toscan du Plantier residence.
‘Some are going up there in camper vans and getting stuck.’
Asked if Gardai had closed the road due to the surge in dark tourism, the guard said: ‘No, that wasn’t us. I think the council put that up.’© Provided by Extra.ie Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found brutally murdered in December of 1996. Pic: REX/Shutterstock (442642m)
Having contacted Cork County Council about the sign and string of rope that hung over the turnoff, Extra.ie was told that the council had closed no roads in that area.
Ian Bailey, who has always maintained his innocence, recently pushed a petition calling for a cold case review of the Toscan du Plantier case.
However, on the back of the two Sky and Netflix documentaries, many locals are now hoping that interest in the case will fade somewhat so that the so-called ‘murder tour’ will be put to an end.