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Tuesday 17 October 2017

inside Eddie's plush southside pad - yours for a cool €4m

IT'S a house fit for a jet- setting playboy racing driver. Now pictures of the plush mansion built by former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine have shown what the buyer will get for €4m.

The mansion, in Dalkey, is billed as "the most dramatic and exciting property" on the market in Dublin.

The 5,500 sq ft house on Sorrento Road - where Bono and Enya are nearby residents - boasts a tower with stunning views over Killiney Bay.

Irvine (48) built the dream pad in the early Noughties, towards the end of a career in Formula One that saw him drive for Ferrari with Michael Schumacher.

But despite the attention to detail that saw the installation of extensive American walnut floors and an Italian Elan Tissuant kitchen, Irvine lived there only briefly.

He put the house - previously known as Kilross Lodge - on the market for the first time in 2003 when he was seeking €6.5m .

It didn't sell, and more recently it was being rented for about €7,000 a month.

The photos from estate agents Sherry FitzGerald's brochure show what a well-heeled buyer can expect from the house, now called Ischia.

Naturally, there's a "generous" car parking area - enough to accommodate a collection of sports cars.

As might be expected from a racing driver's house, it's packed with gadgets. Every room is hard-wired for a hi-fi system and there's a bay window over a large Jacuzzi that can be switched from clear to opaque glass at the flick of a switch.

A spiral staircase leading from the master bedroom en-suite leads to a sauna and plunge pool. Other features include a cinema, games room and bar which has access to the outdoor heated pool.

Since retiring from Formula One in 2002, Irvine has forged a successful career as a property investor, and is estimated to be worth more than €90m.

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