Country’s most famous ‘bog-standard home’ sold – for €9.5M

by Emma Nolan
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GORSE Hill, the lavish Killiney home of solicitor Brian O’Donnell which has been the subject of numerous court hearings and appeals, has been sold for almost €10m.
The O’Donnell family had fought against having the house repossessed in 2015 after amassing debts of €71m to Bank of Ireland.
The six-bed house, which is located across the road from Bono’s home, was placed on the market in March with an asking price of €8.5 million through joint selling agents Sherry FitzGerald and Knight Frank.

Despite speculation that Conor McGregor was interested in the property, it is understood that he did not view the house.
Neighbours of the Vico Road property also include The Edge and Van Morrison.
The O’Donnell family brought a number of court cases and appeals in their attempts to retain ownership of the property, which they bought for IR£1m in 1997.
The family were backed in their efforts to avoid eviction by the New Irish Land League, whose chairman, Jerry Beades, told the Tonight With Vincent Browne show that the home was a “bog-standard” house.

As part of a report on the incident, Browne and a cameraman famously climbed over the perimeter of the property.
In 2015, Brian O’Donnell stormed into the Bank of Ireland AGM and threw the keys of the house, with a keyring marked ‘The bloody keys’, at Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher.
In December last year, the family lost their final appeal to prevent the sale of the multi-million home.

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