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Poor state: Demolition work begins on Walford, Ireland’s most expensive house, after it fell into disrepair. Photo: Mark Condren

Poor state: Demolition work begins on Walford, Ireland’s most expensive house, after it fell into disrepair. Photo: Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house
Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house
Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house
Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house
Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house Pic:Mark Condren

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Poor state: Demolition work begins on Walford, Ireland’s most expensive house, after it fell into disrepair. Photo: Mark Condren

Demolition work has begun on the country's most expensive house.

This week, workers began preparations to tear down Walford, on Shrewsbury Road, Dublin 4, which is owned by a trust linked to businessman Dermot Desmond.

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Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house
Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house Pic:Mark Condren

The house remains the most expensive ever purchased in the State after it was bought for €58m in 2005 by a mystery buyer.

The property was later transferred to a Cypriot company, Yesreb Holdings.

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Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house
Pic:Mark Condren

Demolition work on Walford, 24 Shrewsbury Road, which was once Ireland's most expensive house Pic:Mark Condren

In December 2016, Mr Desmond's Celtic Trustee Ltd paid €14.25m for the Ballsbridge property - a fraction of its sale price during the Celtic Tiger era.

Since it was acquired, three planning applications to have the property demolished have been rejected.

However, the trust secured permission last year to develop a property almost three times larger than the existing 5,963sq ft house.

The original house was built in 1902, but had fallen into a state of disrepair.

In their approval of the plan, Dublin City Council said the building did not have significant features that should be retained.

Mr Desmond, the largest shareholder of Celtic Football Club in Glasgow, has recruited former Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Marcus Barnett to oversee the creation of a private garden.

Other features listed in the application include a subterranean swimming pool and a gym.

The property is currently sealed off by blue fencing, with a portion at the rear of the building already demolished.

Irish Independent