Belfast Telegraph

Late peer's unfinished mansion on market with £3.5m price tag

By David Young

A mansion once owned by Northern Ireland's richest man - the late Lord Ballyedmond - is on the market for a cool £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.

More than 11,000 people have viewed details of the 24,500 sq ft property at Kilcurry according to the estate agents, Best Property Services of Newry.

Dungooley Lodge is close to the Louth birthplace of the late peer and pharmaceuticals magnate, who was one of four people killed in a helicopter accident at his Norfolk castle.

The 70-year-old died when the AgustaWestland AW139 came down in a field in heavy fog after taking off from the estate he owned in Gillingham, on March 13, 2014.

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

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

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

A unique 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.

Dungooley Lodge went on the market just a week ago, the estate agent said.

"There have been plenty of enquiries over the phone, and lots of people have been into the office to pick up the property brochure," a spokesperson said.

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, who as Eddie Haughey founded pharmaceutical giant Norbrook Laboratories, also owned other palatial properties in Northern Ireland, London, Cumbria, Norfolk and in Dublin's ritzy Fitzwilliam Square.

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