Tuesday 26 September 2017

Westlife star clears out his home ahead of liquidator sale

Greg Harkin

SINGER Shane Filan and his wife Gillian have moved the last of their belongings out of their Co Sligo mansion ahead of its sale by liquidators next month.

The couple and their three children had until next week to vacate the property.

However, Mr Filan helped to move the last of their personal belongings from the six-bedroom house in Carraroe last week.

The couple had already moved to a new home in Surrey, England, where the former Westlife star has been declared bankrupt under the UK's more forgiving bankruptcy laws.

He will be able to exit bankruptcy in a year, compared to 12 years here.

Reports had suggested the mansion had already been sold to repay debts run up by his liquidated building company.

However, Ken Draper, of estate agents Sherry FitzGerald Draper in Sligo, refuted claims the ex-Westlife singer's home already had a new owner.

"We are expecting instructions on this property but we certainly haven't even placed a value on it yet," he told the Irish Independent.

"Due to the nature of the sale it will be required to be sold on the open market."

Friends say it cost Mr Filan €3m to build the property, which included landscaped gardens, a pond and a stream.

He began work on the house project on land given to him by his father in August 2001, completing it almost three years later in June 2004.

The ground floor of the home features a huge lobby with four wings, and includes a snooker room, two living rooms, a music room, dining room and a study. There is also a huge TV lounge and a gym upstairs.

In 2006, a Japanese businessman offered the star €10m for the home. It's understood the house will be put on the open market next month for around €1.3m.

It cannot be sold until after a creditors' meeting takes place in Dublin on January 22.

More than €18m is owed to creditors from the building firm owned by Mr Filan and his brother Finbarr – €5m of that to Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland. The singer will be able to exit his bankruptcy this June.

After he was declared bankrupt last summer Mr Filan said he had "worked long and hard" to reduce his debts and said he was "devastated that it came to this conclusion".

Irish Independent

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