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'Empty nest is prompting us to downsize' - Niall and Gillian Quinn on why they're selling €2.5m home

Melanie Finn

Published 11/04/2014 | 07:34

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GOING ALL OUT FOR AFRICA: Niall Quinn and his wife Gillian. Photo: Michael Chester
Niall Quinn and wife Gillian selling their home, Longstone Rath, Forenaghts Great, Naas, Co Kildare. Picture Eamonn Gosling.
Longstone Rath

Gillian Quinn (40) has revealed how “empty nest syndrome” is prompting her and husband Niall Quinn to sell their €2.5m family home.

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She said the lavish house she shares with football legend Niall has just become too big for them and they're keen to downsize.

And they're one family who clearly like their luxuries – the Kildare house boasts a self-playing piano, an outdoor hot tub, a tennis court and an electric walker for five horses.

“It's been coming a while really,” she said.

“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 [son] Mikey and my dad rattling around here a lot of the time.”

The 510 sq m house, called Longstone Rath, comes with 30 acres of land.

“It was a fantastic house for us ten years ago when we were raising the kids and we had a clatter of horses and ponies and dogs,” Gillian said.

“But all of those facilities are surplus to our requirements now. It just makes sense to downsize because Mikey will be doing his Leaving Cert next year and that will be him hopefully gone to university as well.”

And she admits that it was probably worth “twice as much” during the boom but they're just keen to move on.

She said they wanted to stay living in the Naas area and will buy another house nearby while also buying a UK bolthole where Niall can stay while he's working.

Gillian said as long as they get somewhere nice with a big garden for their ten dogs, they'll be content.

Asked about the sheer size of their sprawling home, she admitted to Today FM’s Ray D'Arcy that there are lots of rooms they don't use now.

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“That's the thing when you're building a house, you're building as big as best as you can and you barely realise the rooms that you're not going to use,” she added.

mfinn@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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