THIS is the dramatic moment when a pensioner and his wife were evicted from their palatial home in one of the country's most exclusive neighbourhoods.
Brendan (71) and Asta (63) Kelly had a mortgage of €2m with Anglo Irish Bank on their five-bedroom, detached home in Killiney, south Dublin, but were served with a repossession order nearly two years ago.
Extraordinary scenes unfolded on the streets of the affluent, gated community at St Matthias Wood yesterday as bailiffs forced their way through the front door with a crowbar. Neighbours looked on horrified as the couple, who have lived in the impressive house for eight years, were brought screaming from their home.
The couple then refused to leave the front driveway of their home, but were eventually brought out into the street.
Last night, the couple camped outside their home in a tent and said they would refuse to move from the property under any circumstances.
They previously ran a successful business in the fashionable tourist resort of Sylt in northern Germany selling Irish textiles to German holidaymakers.
But they sold their three German stores, trading as Irland Haus, for an undisclosed sum and invested their money in the Irish property market.
However, Mr Kelly insisted that he and his wife, who have no children, are now effectively homeless as all of their other properties are currently leased.
A qualified accountant originally from Co Sligo, Mr Kelly said: "This is our family home. The other houses are leased and there are tenancy agreements in place.
"The banks absolutely ruined us. We brought millions of deutschmark to this country over 23 years and we invested everything we had -- and they threw us on the road," he said.
"We are going to camp outside the house indefinitely. I am not here to discuss my financial situation, I am here to draw attention to the manner in which these people physically evicted us," said Mr Kelly.