Thieves strip €3.5m Dolores mansion of all fittings
A LAKESIDE mansion owned by EuroMillions' winner Dolores McNamara has been raided.
Tinarana House, which was bought by the Limerick woman last December, was stripped of all fittings over the weekend.
The 19th Century, 16-bedroom home is situated on 270 acres in Co Clare on the shores of Lough Derg and is vacant.
Ms McNamara lives nearby at Lough Derg Hall.
Gardai believe the incident occurred between Friday evening and Saturday evening and that the thieves were on site for a lengthy period.
All fittings – including taps, light fittings and copper –were stolen.
"It is amazing what people will steal. 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 Tinarana estate last year for an estimated €3.5m after beating off competition from prospective buyers in Austria, Germany, Holland and the UK.
The property is completely surrounded by forestry and fields and is located off the main Killaloe-Scariff road.
Tinarana was previously a health farm when it was owned by Dr Paschal Carmody and his wife, Dr Frieda Carmody.
Last year, Dr Carmody was acquitted in Ennis Circuit Criminal Court of obtaining money by deception from families of two terminally ill cancer patients.
Ms McNamara won €115m with a €2 quickpick ticket in 2005. It was the biggest jackpot ever won in the draw at that time.
Life changed forever for the former cleaner and mother of six.
She splashed out €1.7m the same year for Lough Derg Hall, a 10,000sq ft hill-top property at Ogonnelloe, Co Clare, overlooking the lough for which it is named.
It has seven bedrooms, a hot tub and is surrounded by an 8ft wall to protect Ms McNamara and her husband Adrian.
Late last year, her eldest son, Gary McNamara, won a planning row with the local authority Clare County Council.
The council agreed to grant him conditional permission to keep farm buildings – including two storage sheds, a slatted unit for cattle and two horse walkers – built at Lough Derg Hall.
However, Ms McNamara has tried to keep a low profile over the years, and still travels to the same apartment she visited in Turkey for holidays before the massive Euromillions win.
In recent months, Irish lottery players have also struck big in the Euromillions.
A mystery winner walked away with €94m after splitting a €188m jackpot with a player in Belgium.
And another winner scooped €12.8m after ticking the wrong number when he filled in the slip.