Heir to Powerscourt Estate leaves €1.4m to widow in his will Retired judge leaves €1.8m estate
THE heir to the Powerscourt Estate who was tragically killed in a plane crash near his Wicklow home has left almost €1.4m in his will, writes Liam Collins.
Michael Slazenger, 69, a retired doctor of The Waterfall, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, was killed on April 12 last when the light aircraft he was piloting hit a tree and crashed on the estate's golfcourse, killing him and his passenger Noel Whitney.
He was the son of Ralph Slazenger, who made a fortune from the Slazenger tennis and sports brand and moved to Ireland in the Fifties, buying the famous Powerscourt House from the Wingfield family.
The house was destroyed by fire in the Seventies but has since been restored and the estate and gardens developed as a major tourism destination under the guidance of Mr Slazenger and other family members.
Mr Slazenger was an anaesthetist at St Michael's Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin and had a passion for flying. Described at his funeral as a "superhero", he had taken a trip from the estate's private air strip and was coming in to land when the tragedy happened.
He was survived by his wife Noreen and his daughters Marianne, Sarah and Liz.
He left his estate, which amounted to €1,398,996, to his widow Noreen with any residue to the various family trusts that own the Powerscourt Estate.
Retired judge leaves €1.8m estate
A retired High Court Judge, Henry Barron, of Burlington Road, Dublin 4, who died on February 25, 2010, has left €1,887,003 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
In other wills, Elizabeth 'Cleo' McFarlane, elder sister of Bob Geldof, from Watson Drive, Killiney, Co Dublin, who died on October 10 last, left €1,557,136. John P Lanigan, a neurosurgeon, of Lansdowne Gardens, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, left €2,509,l654; Kathleen (Molly) Friel, a teacher, of Torquay Road, Foxrock, Dublin, left €2,320,297; Katherine Hamilton, a housewife, of Chippenham, England, left €2,138,317; and Eleanor Law Nesbitt, a housewife, of Heytesbury Lane, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, left €918,886.
The value of wills includes property, such as the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts