Wednesday 20 September 2017

Charlie led me by arm on tour of mansion

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

"YOU would want to be a soulless creature not to be affected by its style and elegance," declared Charlie Haughey as he eulogised about Abbeville.

It was November 1996 and we were standing in the dining room of the historic Kinsealy house after a detailed canvas-by-canvas tour of his splendid art collection.

The Squire of Abbeville looked every part the country gent as he luxuriated in telling the back story to his many artistic purchases.

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