Wednesday 28 September 2016

Soccer legend Niall Quinn cuts €250k off the price of his home in a bid to score sale

Published 03/11/2015 | 08:23

Niall Quinn and Gillian Quinn
Niall Quinn and Gillian Quinn
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Former Ireland soccer international Niall Quinn has cut €250,000 off the price of his Kildare home, some 18 months after putting it up for sale.

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The palatial Longstone Rath was put on the market amid a blaze of publicity in April 2014 but has failed to secure a buyer yet.

Now the couple, who have two children Aisling and Mikey, have reduced the asking price of their property to €2.25m.

Situated four miles outside of Naas town centre, the six-bedroom home was built in 2004 and extends to a spacious 5,500 sq ft on some 33 acres of land.

The couple had temporarily taken the unique property off the market earlier this year before deciding to put it back up for sale.

When they first tried to sell their house in 2014, Gillian said it was "empty nest syndrome" that prompted the move.

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The massive house, which boasts an outdoor hot tub, a tennis court, an electric walker for five horses and a self-playing piano, had just become too big for them.

She said the decision had been "a while coming".

"It's mainly Aisling, our daughter, she's in UCD every day and she will be travelling during the summer. She's moved out, Niall is away in the UK doing his media work.

"He's away in Africa a lot and it's just myself and Mikey and my dad rattling around here a lot of the time," she said.

"It was a fantastic house for us 10 years ago when we were raising the kids and we had a clatter of horses and ponies and dogs.

"But all of those facilities are surplus to our requirements now. It just makes sense to downsize."

The private, landscaped gardens are secured with electric gates and surrounded by mature hedging.

The house has four large paddocks and an 'excellent bridleway' that runs around the boundary of the grazing fields.

As is expected for the home of a former Ireland international, there is also a superb all-weather Astro Turf tennis/football court on the grounds.

The house is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald by private treaty.

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