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Rachel O'Reilly murder house bought by mystery bidder

Published 23/06/2015 | 10:08

Joe O'Reilly home
Joe O'Reilly home
Rachel O' Reilly' s husband Joe sits in the empty kitchen of their family home Photo: Kyran O' Brien
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin
The back of the house in the Naul, North County Dublin
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €225,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
One of the house's three bedrooms
The house's main bathroom
The house's main bathroom
The kitchen in which O'Reilly protested his innocence to reporters
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
Joe O'Reilly
Rachel O'Reilly
Rachel O'Reilly

The house where Joe O'Reilly bludgeoned his wife Rachel to death has been sold to a mystery buyer.

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The secluded bungalow - which had been deteriorating and lying idle since O'Reilly was charged with the brutal killing - was put on the market for €125,000 last March.

Estate agent Paul G Grimes confirmed the three-bed bungalow in the Naul had been sold. However, he would not say who the new owners were or how much the property sold for.

Grimes Estate agents had described Lambay View in Baldar, Naul as being "in need of modernization and upgrading".

It's understood that O'Reilly will not make any money from the sale of the property.

Rachel O'Reilly (30) died after she was badly beaten around the head in one of the house's bedrooms in October 2004.

Read more: Knock down Joe O'Reilly murder house and build again - victim Rachel's dad

Her mother, Rose Callaly, found Rachel's body in the bedroom of the house on October 4.

Her mother Rose later wrote about the moment she found her daughter's body.

"Rachel was lying in such a horrific state that I will not attempt to describe the scene … but the image of it will haunt me until my dying day," she wrote in her book, Remembering Rachel.

After the murder O'Reilly claimed Rachel had been killed in a botched burglary - and he even invited the media into the house to show where he said he thought the crime had taken place.

Read more: Joe O'Reilly murder house on market for €125k

Rachel's father Jim Callaly told the Herald that he hoped the new owner of the house would either bring it up to a modern standard and live in it with a family, or raze it to the ground and build a new house.

"I'd hate to see it going to rack and ruin after the dreams that Rachel had for it," he said.

"I'd like to see somebody happy in it, with a fresh start. I never go to it because of its past and its connection with Rachel," Jim added.

Herald

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