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House where Lillis battered wife Celine to death sells for €850k

The Howth house that was home to killer Eamon Lillis and his wife Celine Cawley has been sold for €850,000.

The house is set on an acre site in one of the most sought-after areas of Howth.

Previous reports suggested that the four-bedroom detached house known as Rowan Hill on Windgate Road might once have been worth as much as €1.5m.

The sale was the highest price listed on the new property price register for the homes that have sold since the beginning of October.

Mum-of-one Celine Cawley (46) was brutally beaten by her husband on the patio of the house they lived in with their daughter Georgia (19) in December 2008.

When it came on the market, the estate agent said that Rowan Hill "enjoys much privacy afforded by mature native and ornamental trees and sculpted hedge screens.


"All the principal rooms have large picture windows enhancing the enjoyment of the verdant hill views and beyond to ... Dublin Bay.

"The gardens are well screened for maximum privacy and are heavily stocked with a wide variety of trees, flowering shrubs and hedging."

An online advertisement added: "Much thought and careful planning went in to the development of this handsome property, making it one of the most desirable to come on the market for some time."

At the back of the property, a hot tub sits in beautifully maintained gardens.

The house has a top-of-the range kitchen with cream coloured units and thick mahogany worktops.

The High Court previously ruled that Lillis (53) is entitled to his half-interest in assets jointly owned by himself and his wife, despite his conviction for her manslaughter.

He was convicted in 2010 and is serving six years and 11 months in prison.