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Former owner of Kilkenny mansion and estate now ‘homeless’ and survives on state pension

One-time Tory bigwig’s fall from grace laid bare in court as son goes to court to reclaim home from ‘jackal’ trustees

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Castletown Cox, Kilkenny. Picture by Knight Frank

Castletown Cox, Kilkenny. Picture by Knight Frank

Castletown Cox, Kilkenny. Picture by Knight Frank

A former Tory Party bigwig suffered a “major heart attack” after being stripped of his Kilkenny mansion and is now “homeless” and in “desperate” financial straits, a court has heard.

Lord George Magan (75), a one-time Conservative Party treasurer whose father was head of MI5, now has nothing but a state pension and finds himself “surrounded by jackals”, the Dublin Court of Appeal was told last week.


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