Friday 20 April 2018

'End of an era' as Charles Haughey's childhood home hits the market for €400k

Charlie Haughey's former family home. Photo: Tony Gavin
Charlie Haughey's former family home. Photo: Tony Gavin
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney

Ryan Nugent

The childhood home and "focal point" of Charlie Haughey's election campaigns is to be sold off after more than 80 years in the family.

The property, on Belton Road, in Donnycarney, is where the former Taoiseach grew up, having moved there from Mayo at a young age. It is now on the market for just under €400,000.

Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the former Fianna Fáil leader's son, Sean Haughey, said the sale was "definitely the end of an era".

He said the family put the house on the market following the passing of the last living child of his grandmother, Maureen Haughey.

Younger brother of Charlie, Fr Eoghan Haughey (82) - an Oblate priest - passed away in October 2016.

Dublin Bay North TD Mr Haughey said the house was a hub for the family ever since they first moved there in 1933.

Charlie Haughey
Charlie Haughey

"They moved from Derry to Castlebar and then to Sutton and Garretstown before going to Donnycarney in 1933," he said.

"There were seven children, including my father and his brother, Pádraig 'Jock' Haughey who won an All-Ireland with Dublin alongside Kevin Heffernan in the 50s.

"That was my grandmother's house and it's where she reared the seven children, my grandfather died at a young age, 48.

"It was the centre of everything."

Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney
Belton Road, in Donnycarney

This was particularly the case during election time. Ex-Fianna Fáil leader Mr Haughey served in office three times as Taoiseach between 1979 and 1992.

"That would have been where we congregated during election time. There were plenty of celebrations there as well - it is definitely the end of an era," Mr Haughey added.

Irish Independent

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