Friday 21 November 2014

Name change for house where Lillis killed his wife

Published 04/03/2013 | 05:00

‘Rowan Hill’, formerly the home of Eamonn Lillis, is now ‘Tansy Lodge

IT is set on a one-acre site in one of the most sought-after areas in the country, overlooking Dublin Bay.

The five-bedroom detached house on Windgate Road, Howth, was once known as 'Rowan Hill' and is where Celine Cawley met her death in December 2008.

Two years later, her husband Eamonn Lillis was convicted of killing her on the patio of the house and is currently serving a sentence of six years and 11 months.

Now called 'Tansy Lodge', the house was sold last year for €850,000, according to filings with the property price register.

Previous reports suggested that the residence might have been worth €1.5m at one stage but during court proceedings last year, it was stated that the killing at the home had reduced its market value from around €1.1m to between €750,000 and €800,000.

Last year, the High Court ruled that proceeds from the sale of assets jointly owned by the couple could be evenly distributed between the Cawley estate and Lillis.

That court action had been taken by the couple's daughter, Georgia, and Ms Cawley's brother, Christopher, and sister, Susanna, who had asked the court to prevent Lillis from securing any interest in assets worth more than €1m which were jointly owned by the couple.

Lillis was paid €425,000 from the sale of the former family home.

Irish Independent

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