Tuesday 26 September 2017

Niall and Gillian Quinn to downsize after netting €1.95m for Kildare mansion

Niall Quinn & Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins
Niall Quinn & Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins
Gillian and Niall Quinn at daughter Ash's birthday
GOING ALL OUT FOR AFRICA: Niall Quinn and his wife Gillian. Photo: Michael Chester
Gillian Quinn and Aisling Quinn at the opening of Elle No 5 Hair Nail and Beauty in Celbridge,Co Kildare
Niall and Gillian Quinn
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

It has been a long time coming, but former Ireland international Niall Quinn has finally scored a 'sale agreed' notice on his Kildare home.

The well-known soccer figure first put the mansion that he shares with wife Gillian on the market two years ago after deciding they needed to down-size to a smaller home.

And the ex-Sunderland star will no doubt be delighted, having achieved the asking price of €1.95m.

The Sky Sports commentator reduced the price from €2.5m last May in a bid to shift the property and the move clearly worked.

Niall and Gillian Quinn
Niall and Gillian Quinn

Called Longstone Rath, the sprawling property, which is near Naas, boasts six bedrooms and sits on 33 acres of land.

Built from scratch by the Quinns back in 2004, the immaculate house covers an area of 550sqm and has a plethora of luxury outdoor features including equestrian facilities for up to 10 horses.

There's also an all-weather tennis/football court on the grounds.

Gillian, who is a keen equestrian fan and Pilates instructor, said that they first built the house after moving back from Britain when their two children, Aisling and Michael, were young.

Gillian and Niall Quinn at daughter Ash's birthday
Gillian and Niall Quinn at daughter Ash's birthday

But like many parents with adult children, she said they had been hit by "empty nest syndrome" in recent times and were keen to find a smaller home to live in.

Equestrian "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," she said.

"It just makes sense to downsize. "It's been coming for a while."

She said that they wanted to stay living in the Naas area and will buy another house nearby - as long as there's a big back garden for their 10 dogs.

Gillian Quinn, Aisling Quinn
Gillian Quinn, Aisling Quinn

Gillian also indicated that the couple plan to buy another property over in Britain, where Niall can stay while he's over there working with Sky Sports.

Herald

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