Saturday 20 January 2018

In Pictures: Terenure home once owned by top Dublin music boss on the market for €1.75m

Lakelands was home to Dublin music venue boss

Lakelands is a mix of contemporary and traditional. It comes with two double-height and bowed-bay window columns
Lakelands is a mix of contemporary and traditional. It comes with two double-height and bowed-bay window columns
A bedroom with swept bay window
The dining room
One of the bathrooms with floor to ceiling tiling
The kitchen comes with a tiled floor and granite worktops
Stained glass detail on the stair return
A drone shot shows the rear of the property and the site with its 114ft long garden
The hall with its original timber boards
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

Back in the day, when pubs were forced to shut for the holy hour on Sunday (it was in fact two hours), publican Patrick Bracken and his 16-year-old son, David, were taking a breather after pulling down the shutters at 2pm at their well known Lower Deck pub in Dublin's Portobello.

They were taken aback when they realised that some people had lifted up the outside shutters, ducked under them and snuck inside in search of an illicit holy hour drink.

They turned out to be Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, who had come down to see the band that night - the Cajun-inspired Wilf Brothers. The four celebs were in the company of promoter Pat Egan.

"I couldn't believe who I was looking at sitting along the bar! They got the drink of course," says David. "They hung around until later and the band came on and Ronnie Wood got up on the stage to play. He was always doing that. The funny thing is Jack Nicholson was wearing these huge super dark sunglasses and a big flat cap, apparently as a disguise. But this obviously just drew more attention to him. Everyone was going: 'Oh there's Jack Nicholson'."

A bedroom with swept bay window
A bedroom with swept bay window

In the late 80s, The Lower Deck was an offbeat pub music venue of character that people would seek out. Among the visitors were members of U2, Sean Penn and Madonna. It was the second smash hit venue pub for the late Patrick Bracken, a builder from Westmeath whose previous entry into the trade created Dublin City Centre's first 'superpub'.

In 1972, the then builder acquired Graces, a closed and run-down pub building on Wexford Street and began to do it up. It still had the licence attached, so he decided to give it a go. When it was done, he was walking around upstairs going 'how am I going to fill this'. His answer was to bring in the very best of Irish traditional music acts.

Pretty much from its opening night, the Wexford Inn was filled every evening with crowds flocking to see a music selection which included the very best of traditional Irish music acts like the Fureys, the Dubliners, the Wolfe Tones, Paddy Reilly, Christy Moore and Planxty, Jim McCann and the Chieftains. He sold the pub at its peak in the early 80s and moved on to The Lower Deck where he recreated his success, albeit with mainstream acts and stand-up comedy.

It was shortly after the sale of the Wexford Inn that Pat Bracken bought Lakelands from a prominent Dublin GP. The house at 113 Templeogue Road in Terenure was among the limited number built during the 1930s recession. It was built in a marine influenced art deco style fused with nods to its Edwardian neighbours. Here he brought up a large family and this was his home until he passed away earlier this year.

Now the Bracken family have placed the property on the market for sale - only the second time it has ever been offered. David Bracken, now an estate agent, is doing the honours.

Completed in 1938, the house was constructed in an era in which contemporary minimalist architecture was making an impression in Ireland. The year previous, Ireland's leading architect, Michael Scott, had completed his own private contemporary residence, Geragh at Sandycove - a white minimalist affair which showed influences of the marine style of the great ocean liners of the day. This set the tone for many one-off architect-designed homes across Dublin.

The dining room
The dining room

Lakelands is an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional. Although rendered in clean white, it comes with two double-height and bowed-bay window columns - as per the Edwardian red-brick homes which preceded it. When it was first revealed in the late 1930s, it must have created quite a stir. Indeed, the fledgling ESB - then looking for the most modern and swish city homes at which to demonstrate new-fangled domestic winders powered by electricity - came calling and requested to use it as a show home.

And so Lakelands was open to the public for a time as an example of one of Ireland's 'all electric' homes.

The double-fronted detached house stands on a corner site of almost a third of an acre and is set well back from the road. Accommodation comprises an entrance porch, a lounge hall with its original polished timber board floor and a hall door with pretty stained-glass panel in greens and yellows. There's a drawing room to the front with a bay window and a marble and timber fireplace.

There's a conservatory, a living room/dining room with a beamed ceiling, a kitchen/dining room with granite worktops, a cloakroom, private office, a bathroom and garage. There are four bedrooms with a decent sized ensuite off the master chamber. The garden is 114ft long.

The asking price is €1.75m.


Templeogue Rd, Terenure, Dublin 6W

Asking price: €1.75m

Agent: Bracken Estates (01) 4966444

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