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Sunday 22 October 2017

Irvine's Dalkey pad on sale for €4m

FORMER Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine has put his lavish pad in Dalkey on the market with an asking price of €4m.

The Formula One veteran bought the site in the leafy suburb from businessman Harry Crosbie more than two decades ago for €260,000.

He built at 5,500 sqft mansion complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and cinema and briefly lived there in the early noughties.

PRICE

The property - then called Kilross Lodge - was first put up for sale in 2003 with an asking price of €6.5m but was never sold.

More recently it was rented out for about €7,000 a month.

Now-renamed Ischia, the former racing star and Dublin pub-owner, is seeking €4m for the four-storey house designed by architect Joe Kennedy from the firm Smith and Kennedy.

The living room boasts stunning views over Killiney Bay as does the master bedroom which also has a glass floor looking down on an indoor section of the swimming pool below.

The en-suite bathroom has a Jacuzzi that seats four and a bay window that turns opaque by flicking a switch.

The property is concealed from view on Sorento Road by a bank of trees.

Estate agents Sherry Fitzgerald are handling the sale.

Irvine retired from Formula One in 2002 having begun his career for Eddie Jordan's team before a stint with Ferrari where he was teammates with racing legend Michael Schumacher.

His four race wins came with the iconic Maranello-based outfit, and he led the team while Schumacher was recovering from a broken leg he sustained in a horror crash during a race.

FORTUNE

Irvine later moved to Jaguar were his last race was the Japanese Grand Prix in 2002.

The Co Down-born driver became involved in property investments and has a fortune estimated to be worth more than €90m.

Last year he flipped a waterfront Miami pad, doubling his money in the process.

He once owned the now-closed Coocon Bar in Dublin and the 48-year-old still runs the Eddie Irvine Centre in Bangor which includes a karting track.

Renowned for his playboy lifestyle, Irvine was last month spotted on a boat in the waters off the village of Portofino in the Italian Riviera with a mystery blonde.

He has previously been linked to Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Pamela Anderson.

Meanwhile, Kelly Brook recalls a London date with the racing star in her new book saying that he spotted her at a race in Silverstone before bring ing her to dinner in the upmarket Nobu restaurant.

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