Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod


Cut-Price Mansion for Sale

A home built for property developer Robert Butler in Adare is back on the market, but this time its price has been slashed by €8.2 million as it has failed to attract a buyer in three years.

When it first came on the market in 2008 with a price of €12 million it was one of the most expensive properties ever to be put up for sale locally.

Now the eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom house on the grounds of Adare Manor estate is back on the market for a more modest €3.8 million.
Several lavish properties in the picturesque village of Adare are now for sale with seven-figure price-tags, which have been greatly reduced from the boom years.

Another palatial home in the Adare Manor estate is also available for €2.5 million.

But despite numerous viewings, the lure of their ornate decor, marble floors and expansive grounds has yet to pay dividends.

The two properties are among 19 houses in the 840-acre Adare Manor estate, which borders the famous golf club.

Des O’Malley, agent with Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley, said the drop in price is a symptom of the property market at present.

“Both represent extraordinarily good value and have held their value a lot more than other properties at the moment,” he said.

The residence built by Sisk for Butler is named “Winterwood, the Demense,” an eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom house on 2.8 acres of land.

It once attracted a bid of €10 million, but the sale did not go through.
It is one of the largest houses to have been built on the estate with a staggering 17,000 square feet of living space.

It is pitched on the website as “a stunning property in a enclave of exceptional homes in an amenity rich private setting.”

In a further sign of extravagance displayed during the boom years, the three-storey house has an atrium hallway lit by the largest-ever privately commissioned Waterford Crystal chandelier.

Nearby, number 13 The Demesne, is smaller at 9,000 square feet but has an indoor swimming pool in its separate wing, a grand drawing room and just over three-quarters of an acre of formal gardens. It has five en suite bedrooms and two further bathrooms and is priced at €2.5 million.

Both houses come with full membership of the Adare Manor golf club, and all residents have the use of the hotel and its facilities. Service charges on each property is around €4,500 a year, which includes security and insurance.

Limerick Leader

Game Officials Attacked

Emergency talks have been held by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association after a referee and a senior county official were knocked unconscious at the recent senior county final game between Augher-based St. Macartan's and Carrickmore.

There were ugly scenes following the ladies game in Beragh when referee Simon Brady was attacked, while Tyrone ladies football chairman Martin Conway was also stretchered off the pitch as he attempted to intervene.

Tyrone Ladies' GAA confirmed an investigation had been launched and it is also understood that the Police Service of Northern Ireland are investigating.
 Brady was treated at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen for bruising and swelling to his face.

"I was checking my scorecard to make sure everything was in order. I got a tap on the shoulder from one of the managers wanting to shake my hand and that is the last thing I remember,” says Brady.

“Apparently I was hit. My understanding is that it was a spectator. I woke up maybe five minutes later. I was frightened. I didn't know what had happened. All I knew was I was lying on the ground and it was wet and cold.

“I wasn't even aware Martin Conway had been hit by another individual when he came to help me.
 It is absolutely shameful that this sort of thing has happened.

“I give up my time freely to officiate at these games. I am a volunteer in what is a pretty tough job and one that can feel very lonely at times. There's a lot of shock. I believe it is the most serious incident that has ever happened, at least in Tyrone football."

A statement from Tyrone Ladies' Gaelic Football Association confirmed that an investigation had been launched.

“The county board roundly condemn the perpetrators of the assaults and confirm that a full investigation into the matter had been launched,” said the statement.

In 2004 following a brawl at a men's match a Carrickmore fan was banned from Gaelic games for two years after striking referee Martin Brady.

Tyrone Courier

Fallen Bull Rescued

Ballycastle firefighters carried out a rescue with a difference recently when they came to the aid of a stricken bull.

The rusty brown colored beast had become trapped in a ravine in the Glenshesk area after a fall, and had lain there for a number of days before being discovered by its owner on Friday evening.

With light fading, it was decided to wait until Saturday operation to begin the rescue when local firefighters were assisted by a specialist animal rescue unit from Omagh.