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Saturday 25 October 2014

Author can't find buyer for his Dublin home

PROPERTY SLOWDOWN: Author Irvine Welsh has taken his Dublin home off the market

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has taken his Rathmines home off the market after failing to find a buyer.

The refurbished Dublin 6 red-brick Victorian house is a world away from the junkie drug dens where characters from Welsh's cult novel holed up.

The lavish four-bedroom home was on the market until just before Christmas with an asking price of €950,000. And the author managed to find, but then lost, two potential buyers. He has now reportedly given up trying to sell the house and has decided to settle where he is in Dublin. Irvine (49) shares the three-storey house with his wife Elizabeth Quinn and was looking for a house nearer Dublin Airport to reduce his commute to his other home in America and South America.

The Scottish writer, who is a big fan of house music, has his own DJ room complete with mixing desks in the house as well an office with views of the Dublin mountains. The red brick house near Rathmines Bridge boasts underfloor heating throughout. The Scot and his wife Elizabeth, who has just finished a degree at UCD, also have a house in Brazil, a place in Miami and a pad in Chicago.

Welsh completed his latest novel Crime at the Rathmines home and Elizabeth has started work on her own debut novel. Welsh has been based in Dublin for the last four years. "The house is in a great location -- turn right for Rathmines, which some people still call the village, or turn left to go into Dublin," he said.

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