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Monday 25 March 2019

Largest home to be built in 100 years

LODGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN KILCURRY

The house Edward Haughey is building in North Louth.
The house Edward Haughey is building in North Louth.

OLIVIA RYAN

LORD Ballyedmond, Edward Haughey, is building one of the largest homes constructed in Ireland in over 100 years in north Louth, The Argus has learned.

The 27,000sq foot house being built in Kilcurry will be known as 'Dungooley Lodge', in the area where he grew up, and is now undergoing construction after a series of delays.

The house has been described as a 'neoclassical design' likened to the Merrion Street facade of Leinster House, complete with columns, arched portico and domed roof.

When completed, it will be second only in size to Martinstown House, JP McManus sprawling 40,000sq ft home in County Limerick.

The Dungooley Lodge is designed to feature nine en-suite bedrooms, complete with individual dressing rooms. It also includes a drawing room, dining room, study, library, family room, breakfast room, kitchen, larder, laundry room, staff quarters and a 'string room'.

The mansion's sheer size is 27 times the average three bedroom family home. Lord Ballyedmond, founder of Norbrook laboratories, and one of the country's richest men, is reported to have commissioned McAlister Armstrong and Partners, a Belfast architectural firm, to drawn up plans for the house more than a decade ago.

An application to develop the building was approved by Louth County Council in 2000, but the construction was dogged by a number of delays, including the discovery of a 70lb bomb of homemade explosives that was discovered in one of the walls in the house in 2006. The device failed to detonate, but was linked to dissident republican opposition to Ballyedmond's involvement with the Ulster Unionist party. He has since joined the British Conservative Party.

The bomb discovery led to the project being put on hold until earlier this year when a new planning application lodged on behalf of Ballyedmond sought permission for work to resume.

Lord Ballyedmond will add 'Dongooley Lodge' to a host of homes he has around the world, including the famous 'Ballyedmond Castle' in Rostrevor, County Down and Corby Castle in Cumbria. He also owns townhouses in Belgrave Square, London, and on Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin.

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