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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Northern buyer splashes €5.5m on Wicklow pile

Businessman buys period residence and 373ac

Jim O'Brien

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Roundwood Park, Co Wicklow
Roundwood Park, Co Wicklow
Galen Weston

Roundwood Park, an impressive 373ac estate in Co Wicklow with an equally impressive list of previous owners, sold by private treaty recently.

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In a deal concluded by Celia Lamb of Ganly Walters, it is believed a price close to the guide of €5.5m was paid for the property by a Northern Irish businessman.

Among the former owners of Roundwood Park was the second President of Ireland, Seán T Ó Ceallaigh, and it was also the home of billionaire English-Canadian businessman Galen Weston.

Most recently a company associated with developer Johnny Ronan owned the property until the receiver, PWC, instructed that it be sold.

It is believed the development company intended to build a luxury hotel and golf course on the property.

In 1983 the estate became the scene of a shoot-out between Gardai and the Provisional IRA when a Provo gang occupied the house intending to kidnap Galen Weston.

Acting on a tip-off, the Special Branch struck first and after an exchange of fire the would-be kidnappers were overpowered and arrested.


Roundwood Park consists of an 18th Century-style country house on 373ac of grass and forestry. More than two thirds of the acreage is grassland laid out over a number of fields suitable for a range of agricultural uses.

An extensive range of traditional and dated farm buildings and outhouses are located to the rear of the house.

The residence is a fine stately home that requires some considerable renovation. The accommodation includes a spacious hallway, imposing drawing and sitting rooms, a boot room, a utility room and five ensuite bedrooms.

Other residential units on the property include a four-bedroom courtyard cottage with a kitchen and sitting room. There is also a two-roomed gate lodge at the entrance to the estate.

"We were delighted with the sale," Ms Lamb said. "It is a beautiful, historic property and it is great to see it occupied again."

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