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Take a tour of this €8.5 million Vico Road home with a controversial history

It’s just had a €70,000 facelift and is on the market for €8.5 million.

INTERRUPTING A BANK of Ireland annual general meeting around two years ago, solicitor Brian O’Donnell threw a set of keys marked “The Bloody Keys” at Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland, Richie Boucher.

Having amassed debts of €71 million with Bank of Ireland, O’Donnell had appeared in court 82 times, and finally lost his lavish home on Dalkey’s Vico Road, which resulted in the high-profile stunt at the AGM.

The seaside six-bedroom home has since had a €70,000 facelift, the Irish Times reports. And now it could be yours… if you have the money.

It’s on sale for €8.5 million from Knight Frank via

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Built on an elevated site of two acres, this two-storey, double-fronted home extends over 10,200 square feet and has uninterrupted views of Killiney Bay from almost every inch of its gardens.

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The extremely luxurious property has an all-weather tennis court, a pool and a summer house designed specifically for al-fresco dining and entertaining.

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Upon entering the house, there is a chandelier in the hall and a library/study that has two bay windows, leading into a gracious drawing room with an Adam’s style fireplace and French doors out to the patio that has unobstructed panoramic views of the bay.

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The property is designed in the style of a period home, with 12-foot ceilings and ornate plasterwork.

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The kitchen is hand painted in blue tones, offset by a combination of hardwood and marble counter tops, with French doors that open to the large terrace complete with decking and summer house.

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The house has extraordinary views from Dalkey Island, along Killiney Beach to Bray Head with a sunny south-westerly orientation.

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The principal bedroom has double bay windows that look out over Killiney Beach towards the Wicklow Mountains, an en-suite complete with roll-top bath, twin wash hand basins and separate shower with sea views, a walk-in wardrobe and vanity room.

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It’s a home that its estate agent is describing as “an exceptional landmark house enjoying what is arguably one of Dublin’s finest waterfront settings combining a stunning location with excellent family accommodation.”

Gorse Hill, Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin is for sale for €8.5 million via

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