Northern buyer splashes €5.5m on Wicklow pile
Businessman buys period residence and 373ac
Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30
Roundwood Park, an impressive 373ac estate in Co Wicklow with an equally impressive list of previous owners, sold by private treaty recently.
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.