John Lennon’s troubles must have seemed so far away on the tiny island off the west coast of Ireland in 1967 that he decided to buy it as a retirement hideaway with Yoko Ono. Dorninish Island, aka Beatle Island, is now up for sale for $384,000.
Lennon reportedly cherished a dream to build a home on the picturesque island located in Clew Bay in County Mayo. He even obtained planning permission, but things went the way no one could have imagined. The writer of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" was 40 years old when he was shot dead in New York in 1980. The musician's widow sold Dorinish Island to local farmers in 1984, donating the money to an orphanage.
The agent in charge of the current sale told Bloomberg that the farmers are selling the 21-acre island because it’s getting harder for them to keep animals as they get older.
Despite the legendary name behind the story, selling “Beatle Island” in the wake of the country’s real-estate market collapse has proved to be a real challenge, Bloomberg reported. The property has been on the market since mid-July, but hasn't found a buyer yet.