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Geldof's dad plans new apartments at protected building

Bob Geldof's father is awaiting a decision from planners to further develop the star's home in Dun Laoghaire into an apartment complex.

Robert Geldof Sr, who is in his 90s, has lodged the application to transform the protected structure.

The striking house at Crosthwaite Park South contains eight apartments: six bedsits and two one-bed flats.

However, Mr Geldof wants to change the internal layout to make five spacious one-bedroom flats.

The development is exempt from the Social and Affordable Housing section as the works are to an existing house, architect John Murphy, of Goatstown, said.



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The frontage would retain its original character, according to the original drawings.

Three studio units would be altered into two one-bedroom units with own bathrooms and bedrooms at basement level.

A further three of the existing apartments would be changed into one duplex bedroom unit, with hall and a spiral staircase.

The house stretches over a total of 342sqm.

Bob Geldof (58) was born and raised in the seaside town.

His father, Robert was a travelling salesman but his mother passed away when the rocker was just seven years old. Father and son drifted apart when the Boomtown Rats singer was a teen but reconciled years later and are now often seen together at events. The houses on the road were home to a number of famous artists including playwright, JM Synge, who lived at number 31 at the turn of the century.

It was during the time at Crosthwaite Park that Synge's writing developed as he made trips to the Aran Islands.

Currently the historical structures along this prestigious stretch come with an asking tag of up to €1.2m.

Earlier this week, the former Boomtown Rats frontman suffered a setback with news that his media production firm, Ten Alps, was hit by a 17.6pc decline in revenue.


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