Belfast Telegraph

Lord Ballyedmond's Dublin mansion sells for a cool £3m

By John Mulgrew

A grand residence in Dublin once home to Northern Ireland's richest man has been sold for £3m. The redbrick home is located at 64 Fitzwilliam Square and had formerly been the business headquarters of Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk in 2014.

The palatial house, which covers more than 7,000 sq ft, includes four bedrooms, as well as numerous period features.

It also has a large hall containing ornate gold leaf detail on marble pillars, which surround an archway leading to the timber stair case.

There is a reception room connected to a formal dining room, which features a large marble fireplace and decorative cornicing with gold leaf and a centre ceiling rose.

And each of the luxurious building's levels include rooms with decorative murals from the 1820s and marble pillars and fireplaces.

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond also owned other palatial properties in Northern Ireland, London, Cumbria and Norfolk.

It is believed he left behind a fortune worth around £1.4bn.

Last year, another mansion once owned by Lord Ballyedmond went on sale for £3.5m, even though it is still an unfinished shell.

Designed by Belfast architects McAlister Armstrong and Partners, the Co Louth mansion is thought to be the second largest private home in Ireland.

The property, which is described by the estate agents as a 'shell building', comes with 256 acres of land.

Its spacious interior includes high ceilings and elegant wooden sash windows, giving fine views over the lush surrounding countryside.

A glass dome and glass lantern feature over the mansion's main mall, flooding the property's grand entrance with natural light.

Nine bedrooms, all with en-suites, are located on the first floor, with further dressing rooms, a study and a room for staff.

The main bedroom features its own dressing room, en suite bathrooms, plus a study and an extensive balcony which offers outstanding views over the Louth landscape.

The 24,500 sq ft property situated at Kilcurry is being marketed by Best Property Services of Newry.

Dungooley Lodge is close to the Louth birthplace of the late peer and pharmaceuticals magnate.

The property remains on sale, according to the Best Property Services website.

The late Lord Ballyedmond also snapped up a sweeping marble staircase at the former Robinson & Cleaver department store in Belfast.

The fixture was auctioned off following the closure of the famous department store back in 1984.

Belfast Telegraph