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LIZ BALBIRNIE’S INTERIOR DESIGN

Ian Switzer and Elizabeth Balbirnie

PROPERTY PORN continues to prove popular at RTÉ, where such programmes proliferate the airwaves. At the top of the tree is surely Home of the Year (HOTY), which gives viewers a sneaky peak around the interiors of some very swanky Irish homes. One pile to... Read more »

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WRIGHT FAMILY AT WAR

INTERESTING TO see proceedings lodged in the Four Goldmines by assorted companies associated with the Wright fish dynasty in Howth. The matriarch here is former Aer Lingus air hostess Eileen Wright of Big Bamboo, Baily in Howth, who controls the bulk of the shares in the long-established north County Dublin empire of fish importers, bars and restaurants. The other principal is one of her five children, Mark Wright, who just happens to be the defendant in the litigation along with his daughter Shona Wright, while his mother and sister are included among the plaintiffs. The loaded Wright clan is not exactly unfamiliar with family disputes, and many moons ago they found their name all over the papers courtesy of a row over a family bar.

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MAIREAD RONAN’S SCHEDULE

THERE HAS been plenty of showbiz coverage this month of Mairead Ronan’s landing of a prime time radio slot on Today FM. Radio presenting is, however, just one of the many talents of the increasingly ubiquitous Ronan.

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CYNTHIA CHUA’S VIBRATIONS

IT’S INTERESTING to see that the colourful and loaded Cynthia Chua – who has recently been extolling the virtues of “perfuming your vejayjay” and giving “vulva facials” – has just registered her home address at the Deepwell mansion in Blackrock south County Dublin, five years... Read more »

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SEAMUS FITZPATRICK’S BUSY SCHEDULE

THESE ARE busy time for moneybags Seamus Fitzpatrick, who is fighting on two fronts. It was reported earlier this month that Fitzpatrick had lobbed in a planning objection to the big Glenveagh Homes development on the site of the former Chester Beatty Library on leafy... Read more »

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YVETTE MONAHAN’S MOOLAH

Yvette Monahan

THERE WAS a creditors’ meeting held in the offices of Outlook Accounts in Tallaght last week, which featured the winding up of a little-known company called Tabellero Ltd. It had been locked in litigation with members of the mega-wealthy Monahan family, including well-known photographer Yvette Monahan, who was shortlisted for last year’s Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery.

In 2018, Yvette and her brother, architect John Monahan, sued Tabellero, seeking repayment of a €2.35m loan. The siblings claimed that, in 2015, they agreed to provide €1.6m and €750,000 respectively. This was to be used by Tabellero to fund a loan to a linked company, Griffin Point Ltd. The latter was to acquire title to a loan that had been advanced in 2006 by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) to the Monahans’ mother, Eileen Monahan.

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ROY BARRETT’S D4 PILE

Roy Barrett

A PROPERTY in the heart of Ballsbridge has just come on the market with a hefty €5.75m price tag. The impressive Ailesbury Road house was bought seven years ago in rather different times and the seller is hoping to make a killing. It turns out... Read more »

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BRIAN RANALOW’S INVESTMENT

INTERESTING to see Dublin moneybags and artist Brian Ranalow investing a wedge of cash in Genos Investments Ltd this month. Genos is a big shareholder in Hanpak Ltd, the innovative packaging company set up by self-described serial entrepreneur Tom McLoughlin. One of its products is... Read more »

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YOUNG BLOODS: CLODAGH MCKENNA

THIS WEEK, the Sindo was back on familiar on familiar ground as it brought readers the news that Ireland’s “national arbiter of all things food-related” – Clodagh McKenna – has become the country’s “newly minted emissary in aristocratic England,” thanks to her relationship with bluest... Read more »

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CHRIS DE BURGH’S NEW RELEASE

INTERESTING to see the Irish Times drooling over Chris de Burgh’s Co Wicklow Georgian pile, which he has placed on the market with a cool €12.5m price tag. Visitors to the IT’s website can indulge themselves in the glossy video of the sprawling Bushey Park... Read more »

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JANE’S STRAY HORSES

Kyran McLaughlin

A COMPANY called Animal Security Ltd has been quietly dissolved. The name may not be too familiar to readers, but it previously operated under the name Cantor Equine and held lucrative contracts with the Dublin local authorities for the control of stray and abandoned horses.... Read more »

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FRANK AND THERESA McNAMARA’S ADVENTURES

Frank and Theresa McNamara

THIS WEEK saw the return to court of the proceedings by a culture fund, Apollo Global, against one-time ‘celebrity’ couple Frank and Theresa McNamara, with the Yanks seeking to force the sale of the couple’s Co Meath home-cum-recording studio. This is the latest challenge for... Read more »

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BONO’S ONE MISSION

Bono

SPARE A thought for Bono who’s fundraising and lobbying campaign ‘ONE’ has been busy pressing world leaders to cough up more cash for the development industry. Last week, ONE co-founder, Jamie Drummond, wrote to Leo Varadkar asking if he “would engage with Mr. Juncker on... Read more »

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TONY GANNON’S CHARITY

ACCOUNTS recently filed for Tony Gannon’s investment management operation, Abbey Capital, show that profits continue to roll in. Happily, a chunk of the moolah has been directed towards impoverished farmers in Africa.

Abbey has been making big bucks in recent years. In the year to June 2018, the company reported a profit of €12.8m and paid out a dividend of €7m. In October last year, a further €4.5m in dividends was also paid out.

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DAN MORRISSEY’S €5.5M PILE

Dan Morrissey

IT’S NOT every day that a €5.5m house goes on the market in Co Dublin, but that is the case with the very private Redwood on Avoca Avenue in Blackrock. This has been the home to top legal eagle Dan Morrissey for 30 years.

Morrissey, partner and head of asset management and investment funds at William Fry solicitors first came to Goldhawk’s attention as a backer of Derek Quinlan back in the good old days.

Read more about legal whiz Morrissey in the latest issue.

BELLA HUDDART’S SOFT PILLOWS

Bella Huddart

READERS OF The Irish Times were given a crash course this month in how to short-let a property by making it “stand out from the crowd”. One of the experts featured was one Arabella Wauchope Huddart (aka Bella), who highlighted the attractions of Sandbrook House, an 18th-century pile on 25 acres on the Carlow/Wicklow border.

Read more about the the colourful Huddart in the latest edition. 

GEORGE MAGAN’S MILLIONS

George Magan

IN THE long- running saga between a British lord and a trust over the magnificent Castletown Cox estate in Co. Kilkenny. The Commercial Court has heard that George Magan has engaged in an “orchestrated and calculated strategy” to delay the completion of the Georgian mansion’s sale.

Goldhawk has had his gaze firmly fixed on Baron Magan of Castletown. You can read all about his millions and the Castletown Cox estate here for free.

DANIELLE RYAN AT CANNES

Danielle Ryan

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Fantastic Films, which saw its Vivarium selected to compete at the snooty Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. While the media focus has been on the big-name Hollywood star here, Jesse Eisenberg, it turns out that the role of ‘Mom’ is played by one Danielle Ryan, the Ryanair heiress who previously had a go at producing films herself.

Read more in the latest issue out now. 

And you can you more about Danielle’s film producing days here for free. 

NIAMH PATTEN’S JEWELLERY

Niamh Patten

A JEWELLERY venture established by Niamh Patten shut its doors recently after a short-lived existence in the city centre. Despite the backing of a multi-millionaire, New Romantic Jewellery is no more.

Read more in the latest issue.

And you can read more about Patten and New Romantic here for free. 

OFFLOADING LAURISTON

Lauriston

AN EDWARDIAN house on Ranelagh’s Park Drive (backing onto the playing fields of Gonzaga College) caught the eye of the Sindo last weekend, with the “elegant” and “gorgeous” D6 property receiving a suitably gushing write up. Hopefully, that will do the job for the owners, who have had to knock a chunk off the asking price.

Read more about them in the latest issue. 

CATHERINE’S RICH RECIPES

Catherine Fulvio

NEXT MONTH ‘celebrity chef’ Catherine Fulvio dons her glad rags (Irish designers were frothing at the bit) and flies off to southern California for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It represents the most high-profile coup for the media-savvy businesswoman.

Read more about Fulvio in the latest issue. 

AVRIL STANLEY’S SHED

Avril Stanley

No surprise to see Body & Soul founder Avril Stanley popping up in the Sindo promoting her music and “well-being” festival. However, it seems that not as is well between Stanley and her new neighbours.

The 45-year-old entrepreneur recently found herself in a bit of hot water with Dublin City Council (DCC) after commencing building works on her swanky Rathmines home without planning permission.

Beginning in November last year, Stanley and her Aussie beau “poured everything into creating a beautiful family home”, starting work on a dormer window as well as an extension to the rear of the house and the conversion of a shed into a “yoga space”.

She submitted an application for retention in early February, but the council declared it invalid, ruling that the site notices gave insufficient information and that aspects of the drawings were confusing.

Avril then filed a revised application which got the green light last week, though not everyone was thrilled. Two objections from neighbours were filed to DCC. The neighbours, one of whom has lived in a near-by house for the past 27 years, complained that the building works would impact on their “privacy” and that construction of “a large development without planning permission… caused considerable anxiety when it became obvious what was happening.”

Perhaps the hippy capitalist can offer some mindfulness advice to her anxious neighbours?

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ANTHONY MCGRATH’S ANTIQUES

Anthony McGrath

LAST WEEK’S popular Channel 4 series, 24 hours in Police Custody, featured one Anthony McGrath, an Irish-born orthopaedic surgeon with a “very privileged background”.

Given the subject matter of the programme, it is not surprising that the medic, whose childhood home is the splendid Somerville House in Co Meath, didn’t come out smelling of roses. Indeed, he is languishing in jail today.

Read why in the latest issue out now. 

THE TAXMAN COMETH… EVENTUALLY

Mel Gibson

BACK IN November 2014, Goldhawk put a few queries to Revenue as the country’s film luvvies were wishing farewell to the old ‘investor’ form of Section 481 tax relief while looking for opportunity in the incoming new corporation tax credit version of the scheme. You can read the reply here

And have a gawk at Mel Gibson’s taxing issue here free of charge. 

BARBARA DAWSON’S PLAN

Barbara Dawson

Hugh Lane director Barbara Dawson and her board have been looking to implement a rather ambitious strategy, but big bucks are still needed. Find out more in the latest edition here.

Goldhawk has been keeping tabs on Babs since her appointment as Hugh Lane director way back in 1991. Scope it out here free of charge.

CIARÁN MURRAY’S HOUSES

IT WAS pointed out in The Irish Times recently that former Icon plc boss Ciarán Murray and his wife, Denise Ronan, managed to purchase four homes in Ballsbridge since 2010, which may well be a record. 

Read more in the latest issue. 

Fans of Goldhawk will recall that having bought a house in the exclusive Ailesbury Wood development, the minted couple got permission to flatten their former 226 sqm two storey Merrion Road house and replace it with a whopping 760 sqm three storey pile, including a giant basement with car lift, gym, wine cellar and cinema. Read about it here for free. 

LIZ OAKES’S EYEBROWS

Elizabeth Oakes

AS BUSINESS ideas go, eco friendly water-based cremation is one certain to provoke interest. The woman behind the plan to bring this technology to Ireland is 30-something Liz Oakes. She has already proven that she has the knack for making a few bob.

Read more in the latest issue. 

SPRING CLEAN AT LISSELAN HOUSE

Lisselan House

A YEAR after Colette Twomey – the woman behind Clonakilty Black Pudding – snapped up the splendid Lisselan House outside Clonakilty, Co Cork, the company that previously operated the sprawling estate has been quietly wound up under a new name. 

Read more in the new issue out now. And you can read more about Colette Twomey’s bargain purchase here free of charge.