Thursday 23 October 2014

McGeever owned one of Celtic Tiger's biggest mansions

Barry Duggan

Published 01/02/2013 | 05:00

Kevin Michael McGeever’s mansion in Craughwell, Co Galway
Kevin Michael McGeever
A property in Dubai

THE small Galway town of Craughwell had never seen the likes of it before.

Kevin Michael McGeever (68) who fronted KMM Commercial Properties, built one of the largest mansions the Celtic Tiger era witnessed.

The lavish property was christened 'Nirvana' and during the boom was estimated to be worth well over €3m.

Two security gates which are decorated with stained-glass features guard the entrances. The property is surrounded by immaculately groomed lawns, a cobble-lock driveway, a separate guesthouse and a glasshouse.

Lanterns are erected along the drive and a water fountain is the main feature at the front of the house.

Most travelling along the quiet road by his home are more accustomed to meeting tractors and council workmen repairing potholes.

When Mr McGeever arrived to Craughwell, he came in style with a JT22 Porsche roaring along the roads.

He pleasantly greeted locals on trips to the local shop or while having the odd drink in Raftery's pub on the main street with his partner, Siobhan O'Callaghan.

Plenty of Craughwell's residents admitted to knowing Mr McGeever, but none wanted to speak on the record about him following his mysterious reappearance in Leitrim this week.

"He'd chat away to you, everyone around here knew him. Everyone knows his house – sure how could you miss it," one local said.

Mr McGeever is originally from Swinford, Co Mayo, and has also lived in Westmeath.

He rented an apartment in Saunders Court in Mullingar, before moving to Multyfarnham.

With Irish investors keen to cash in on the building boom in the United Arab Emirates, Mr McGeever set up an office on Mullingar's Ashe Road where he had staff working for him.

Business with was often conducted at the Mullingar Park Hotel and those who encountered him took to calling him 'The Yank' due to a pronounced American accent.

And Mr McGeever certainly knew how to live the high life.

His initials 'KMM' were branded across a EC120 Eurocopter in which he travelled the country.

When not taking to the air, he had a fleet of high-range vehicles to use – often with personalised number plates.

A black SL55 AMG with tinted windows, a grey Porsche 911 GT2 and two H2 Hummers kept many a filling station busy.

All vehicles were kept immaculate and shown off each year at the All-American Car Show in Kilbeggan.

Irish Independent

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