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Peek inside Eddie Irvine's £15k a month Dalkey pad

By Claire McNeilly

Ever fancied living life in the fast lane?

Now you can because former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine has put his luxury home near Dublin up for short-term let - although it does not come cheap.

The Ulsterman offered to sell his 5,000sq ft Dalkey pad for £3.1m a couple of years ago, but you can now rent it for a mere £15,300 a month.

It may be expensive, but it is a bargain compared to the initial rental being sought when the property first became available - £5,350 per week.

Featuring an outdoor pool linking to an indoor lagoon, a party-size Jacuzzi with impressive views over Dublin Bay, and its own cinema room, you will also have world-famous Belfast blues musician Van Morrison as well as U2's Bono and The Edge as your neighbours in the celeb enclave.

Inside the house, which is split-level owing to the rocky cliffs on which it is built, is a large dining area with seating for 12 and double-height ceilings.

It also boasts a large, modern kitchen in high-gloss white and five double bedrooms - four of them en suite - and a bathroom.

A games room including bar and snooker table opens to the pool, which is surrounded by timber decking with seating and a barbecue area. Upstairs, the living area enjoys the best views.

The luxury let is expected to attract visiting executives or celebrities. Award-winning architects Smith & Kennedy designed the white wood and glass house with a copper-clad curved exterior, accessed via electric gates from a shared private driveway.

Irvine, who is 50 and from Conlig in Co Down, was a successful property dealer even before he retired from F1 in 2002. He is believed to have a portfolio of more than 50 properties around the world.

The former Ferrari ace, listed as the fifth richest person in Northern Ireland in 2006, has made most of his estimated £55m personal fortune in property.

He was recently given the green light to build a two-storey waterfront mansion in Miami, Florida, which when finished this year will be worth an eye-watering £19.25m. It will have a formal living room, media room, library, bar, 140 feet of water frontage, plus a family room master suite, swimming pool, spa, summer kitchen and private balconies.

It is not yet known if Irvine is building it for his own use, but if he sells it on, he looks set to make a tidy profit.

According to Miami-Dade County property records, his company, Casa Ischia, paid £3.34m for the 18,375-square-foot lot three years ago.

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