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Charlie Haughey with a cup of tea outside his north Dublin mansion in 1995
Charlie Haughey with a cup of tea outside his north Dublin mansion in 1995
Image: Photocall Ireland

In pictures: Haughey's former mansion at Abbeville on sale for €7.5m

It once played host to Luciano Pavarotti…
May 10th 2012, 9:36 AM 19,566 48

WITH 14 BEDROOMS and 6 reception rooms across 14,600 square foot and over four floors, you’d have plenty of room at the former home of ex-taoiseach Charles Haughey that has gone on sale for a cool €7.5 million today.

The Georgian mansion is situated close to Kinsealy and is just 10 kilometres from Dublin City Centre.

Located on 247 acres of park and woodland, it once played host to the likes Luciano Pavarotti.

The property has been put on the market by Savills at the request of the receiver Tom Kavanagh and is a private sale. There will be no open day but Pat O’Hagan said this morning they “had a few calls already”.

“People have been up early this morning,” he told Morning Ireland.

The Georgian mansion dates back to the mid-1700s when John Beresford, then the chief tax collector commissioned renowned Irish architect James Gandon to remodel the property around the existing structure in 1792, giving it all the grandeur that can be seen today.

This grandeur includes the Grand Ballroom which features three original panted roundels by the neoclassical painter Angelica Kauffman.

Once a stud farm, it was acquired by the then Finance Minister Charles Haughey in 1969 and still has a number of stable yards and twenty-three stables as well as an indoor equestrian arena.

The property also features a Gandon-designed dairy, two cottages – a gate lodge and gardener’s cottage, an outdoor swimming pool, walled gardens and extensive barns and outbuildings.

The property was sold in 2003 to Manor Park Homes for five times the amount that is being sought now. There had been intentions to develop a  leisure resort that would include an 18-hole golf course, a hotel and luxury homes but this never came to fruition.

The Haughey family continued to live in the property up until the former Taoiseach’s death in June 2006.

All enquiries should be directed to Savills Ireland. (All pictures: Savills, unless where stated)


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