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State papers 1989: Taoiseach urged to buy Adare Manor 'for a song'

Adare Manor
Adare Manor

Ralph Riegel

Justice minister Gerry Collins urged the cash-strapped government to find IR£1m to purchase Adare Manor in Limerick.

In a hand-written note to Taoiseach Charles Haughey on November 26, 1987, Mr Collins wrote: "I understand that Adare Manor is on the market 'for a song' - IR£1m-plus," he wrote. "Could it be considered for acquisition by the State - from lottery funds? Apologies for the intrusion."

The State Archive file does not reveal whether a government purchase of Adare Manor was ever seriously considered because the minority Fianna Fáil government engaged in swingeing cutbacks to public spending.

However, on December 18, 1987, it was confirmed a US banking firm bought the manor and its 840 acres for around £2m.

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The Adare Manor receiver confirmed the purchase of the Limerick estate by the Dowmar Group. Lord Dunraven, in a statement that December, said he was pleased with the sale.

Adare Manor was eventually bought 25 years later by Limerick businessman JP McManus and his family.

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