A house in Co Mayo is being sold to raise funds for the building of a new cystic fibrosis unit in the west.

All proceeds from the sale of the three-bedroom bungalow will be used to develop a dedicated paediatric outpatient facility at Galway University Hospital.

The house is located about 2km outside the village of Cong.

It is on the market with an asking price of €150,000. It was built in the early 1990s and is in turnkey condition.

Marian Keane, from Maam in Co Galway, says her late uncle, who lived in the house, wanted to help fund such a paediatric CF unit after seeing the need that existed in the region.

Mrs Keane has lost two children in recent years, one as a result of cystic fibrosis.

She says the new building will be a fitting tribute to their memories and is hopeful that it will serve children along the western seaboard for many years.

This afternoon, Mrs Keane turned the first sod at the site where the unit will be constructed, adjacent to the existing paediatric unit at the hospital.

The building will cost in the region of €600,000, with a quarter of a million coming from the sale of the house and other fundraising efforts by local campaigners.

Work on the project commenced this afternoon, as soon as the sod was turned.

Around 30 people will be employed on the development in the coming months.