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Rory McIlroy pitches into the Dublin property market

By Niamh Horan

At the tender age of 26, Rory McIlroy is among the world's highest-paid athletes.

With three of the four Major golf championships under his belt and a deal with Nike believed to be worth a cool $200m, the Co Down man's talents have allowed him a lifestyle off-course that includes a Florida mansion, a €150,000 BMW supercar and luxury holidays from Dubai to The Maldives.

But, not one to get complacent, the financially-savvy sports star has recently begun investing in Dublin property.

The world number two has quietly purchased premises at 51 Dawson Street - the building housing the super-chic new cafe Featherblade.

Micro-menus are the latest big trend for Dublin diners and the steakhouse has followed the simple formula to cook one thing - steak - for city foodies.

The premises went up for sale recently with a guide price of €4.25m (£3.31m) and the golfer was quick to spot the potential of the prime location that will soon have a Luas stop metres from its door.

It will make the golfer a guaranteed six-figure annual rental and a source said the golfer might even have bigger plans for it in the future.

"Rory can now use the office space up top to convert it into a cool bachelor (pad) in the centre of town," they said.

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