Northern buyer splashes €5.5m on Wicklow pile
Businessman buys period residence and 373ac
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.