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Saturday 16 December 2017

Mansion of Euromillions winner Dolores burgled

Dolores McNamara (inset) and her mansion, Tinarana House which was burgled
Dolores McNamara (inset) and her mansion, Tinarana House which was burgled

A LAKESIDE mansion owned by Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara has been burgled.

Tinarana House which was bought by the Limerick woman last December was stripped of all fittings by robbers over the weekend.

The 19th century property is situated on 270 acres in Clare on the shores of Lough Derg and is vacant.

The multimillionaire lives nearby at Lough Derg Hall.

Gardai were alerted to the theft at the 16 bedroom home over the weekend.

Investigating officers believe the incident occurred between Friday evening and Saturday evening and that the thieves were on site for a lengthy period.

All fittings in the house – including taps, light fittings and copper – were stolen.

A garda spokesman said Tinarna House was broken into through the rear door.

“It is amazing what people will steal. They stole all the taps, all the light fittings and a copper cylinder – that took a while.

“First of all you have to disassemble all the taps and lights from their fittings and then take the copper cylinder so they were there for a while. Maybe somebody saw something,” the spokesman said.

The McNamara family bought the property and estate last year for an estimated €3.5m. Dolores McNamara won €115m with a €2 quickpick ticket in 2005. Her current home, Lough Derg Hall, was bought for €1.7m the same year.

Following an international bidding war, where the initial guide price was €2m, a Limerick firm of solicitors believed to be acting for McNamara beat off competition from Austrian, German, Dutch and British bids to capture the Tinarana estate.

The property is completed surrounded by forestry and fields and is located off the main Killaloe-Scariff road.

It is estimated that, prior to the burglary, at least €1m would have to be invested into Tinarana House alone to restore it to its former glories.

Tinarana operated previously as a health farm when it was owned by Dr Paschal Carmody and his wife, Dr Frieda Carmody. Last year, Mr Carmody was acquitted in Ennis Circuit Criminal Court of obtaining money by deception from families of two terminally ill cancer patients.

In 2006, Dr Carmody sold the house and entire estate to a development consortium – Tinarana Ltd – and received in the region of €13m.

At the height of the property boom, developers of Tinarana Ltd lodged plans with Clare County Council for a major hotel and leisure complex with plans to include an 18-hole championship golf course and equestrian holiday village.

They received permission from the council and the cost of the entire project was set at €100m. But An Taisce objected to An Bord Pleanala who upheld their appeals and the estate fell into disrepair as the worldwide economic crash ended development hopes. Subsequently, the estate was put up for sale on the instructions of the joint receivers and had been on the market before the sale.

Tinarana, a 16-bedroomed property, was built by the Purdon family of England in the 1870s as a fishing and hunting lodge.

The mansion comprises 14,467sq ft and sits on a small raise overlooking Lough Derg.

By Barry Duggan

Irish Independent

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