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Golfingagent's house makes the cut

DOUGIE Heather -- agent to golfing stars Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and David Howell -- has dropped the price of his home in Sutton by €1,325,000.

Tenebo, at 144 Dublin Road in the coastal suburb north of the capital, was listed with a target of €4.2m as late as September last year. But agents Douglas Newman Good now have an asking price of €2,875,000 on the attractive six-bed Victorian residence.

With a south-facing aspect, and 3,700sq ft of space thanks to a recent extension, the property also caters for wine lovers, having a bespoke fitted wine cellar.

Naturally, there's a putting green in the long private gardens -- handy for keen golfers or parents of a youngster with ambitions to become Ireland's next McIlroy.

They'll have to mind the water hazard and giant bunker that nature has created nearby though; with south-facing views across the ocean, there is also direct access to the sea from the luxurious property.

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DESPITE being adjacent to Foxrock and on 1.36 acres of land, 'Lisheens' on Brennanstown Road in Carrickmines has dropped by 25 per cent in two years. It sold at auction for €5m in 2007, but is now listed at €3.75m.

Elsewhere, a four-bed detached house in Rathgar has plummeted by 63.4 per cent. No 73 Frankfort Avenue failed to sell at auction for €1.9m in 2006. It can now be bought for €695,000.

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FORMER food and drinks marketing guru and now partner with marketing firm Genesis, Michael O'Rourke is putting on the market his four-bed redbrick semi-detached home at No 2 South Hill Avenue in Blackrock.

Close to the N11, and just off Booterstown Avenue, the spacious pre-war house offers 1,785sq ft of spacious accommodation plus a large converted attic.

Priced at €1.1m, it has a drawing, dining, kitchen/ living room, a study/playroom and a mature secluded garden, said agent Lisney.

After Green Isle Foods was acquired by private food label Poldy's, O'Rourke became best known for heading up the marketing team that developed the Goodfellas pizza brand -- now worth well in excess of €200m -- as well as another household name in frozen foods, Donegal Catch, which is now worth a staggering €35m.

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