The production pairing behind the worldwide Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance have placed their stunning seaside home in Howth, Co. Dublin, on the market for a massive $10.7 million (€9.5 million).
Husband and wife Moya Doherty and John McColgan are applauded as the dynamic duo behind the dance show that took the world by storm after appearing as an interval act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin.
The pair fared just as well from its success as the shows stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler and it is currently estimated they are worth around $97 million (€86 million), with Doherty, 59, regarded as one of the wealthiest women in Ireland.
With a portfolio of properties in London, Manhattan and Martha’s Vineyard, and their children all having flown the nest, Doherty and McColgan, 70, have decided to downsize their property in Howth, putting the elegant home up for sale.
In 1997, they purchased a bungalow named Danes Hollow on a one-acre site near Baily lighthouse in Howth for what was then £900,000 Irish punt. The pair have since worked their creative magic on the investment, transforming it through the years into the idyllic 9,000 sq ft property it is now.
Acquiring a further 2.35 acres to add to the site at the start of the 2000s, they built their perfect home in Danes Hollows set with panoramic views of the sea. The property boasts impressive gardens and a orangery allowing you to make the most of the sunshine from dawn to dusk.
Doherty, who still works as chair of RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, and McColgan, who remains involved in the production “Heartbeat of Home,” have now decided to leave the home for someone else to enjoy while they relocate to a cliff-side three-bedroom house also located on the grounds.
“You would never get planning for something like that today so we’re hanging on to it. A site like Danes Hollow only comes up once in a lifetime, it’s very special,” McColgan told the Irish Times.
The five-bedroom house offers stunning sea views where you can watch various ships and ferries come in and out of the bay and also once boasted the famous Irish TV presenter Gay Byrne as its neighbor, although this property is now occupied by his daughter.
The 15-year old house is described as an “Arts and Crafts” style and with reception rooms flowing into one another along the breadth of the house, it’s a fantastic entertaining home that takes advantage of the best nature has to offer in terms of its setting. These rooms can also be partitioned off, however, through sliding doors which will return them to single rooms.
With a minimum estimate of $10.7 million (€9.5 million), the sale of Danes Hollow is being managed by Ganly Walters.H/T: Irish Independent