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Sunday 25 February 2018

O'Donnell's former HQ is set to get a Georgian overhaul

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell
Solicitor Brian O’Donnell
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

One of Ireland's low-key international successes - Sean Reynolds, managing director of asset manager Lazard - is working away on a residential project in Dublin 2.

He plans to restore and upgrade 62 Merrion Square, which was once the headquarters of solicitor Brian O'Donnell, best known for his high-profile battle with Bank of Ireland over his then home, Gorse Hill in Killiney.

Reynolds beat other bidders in 2014, shelling out €2m for the property. In the same year, he and his wife Sarah funded a new $50,000 Trinity College scholarship for students from the US. New York-based Reynolds had studied engineering in Trinity.

At the time of buying the Dublin pad, Reynolds noted there was good value to be had in the property market after the crash. He is a member of the Irish Georgian Society and is now going to great lengths to upgrade and preserve the Merrion Square property.

A conservationist's report submitted to Dublin City Council outlines plans for a new building at basement level, with a rooftop terrace and a new landscaped garden area. The report also outlines the building's history and past occupants, including the Lord Chancellor of Ireland Abraham Brewster and the former Master of the Rotunda, Richard Dancer Purefoy.

No mention of O'Donnell, however.

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