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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Rachel O’Reilly murder house is put up for sale for €125k

Rachel O' Reilly' s husband Joe sits in the empty kitchen of their family home Photo: Kyran O' Brien 19/ 10/ 4
Rachel O' Reilly' s husband Joe sits in the empty kitchen of their family home Photo: Kyran O' Brien 19/ 10/ 4
Convicted murderer Joe O'Reilly
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The back of the house in the Naul, North County Dublin
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €225,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000
One of the house's three bedrooms
The house's main bathroom
The house's main bathroom
The kitchen in which O'Reilly protested his innocence to reporters
The house in the Naul, North County Dublin is on the market for €125,000

The house where Rachel O’Reilly was bludgeoned to death by her husband Joe has been placed on the market more than ten years after her murder.

A ‘For Sale’ sign has been erected at the isolated bungalow called Lambay View in the rural and picturesque setting of the Naul in north county Dublin.

But after years of neglect and lying idle while O’Reilly serves out his life sentence, the property is in need of upgrading.

This fact is reflected in the €125,000 price tag advertised by Grimes estate agents.

Images of the interior of the house also feature on the adverts, including one of the kitchen where Joe O’Reilly sat with a photographer for the Herald, days after the murder.

He callously pleaded for information on who had killed Rachel during what he was claiming was a botched                        burglary.

It is described by the estate agent as a three-bedroom detached dormer bungalow with one bathroom and a detached garage. The house measures 150sq metres.

The online advert says the house is on around 0.7 acres of mature gardens and that the property is “in need of modernisation and upgrading”.

The internet page advertising the house has been clicked on more than 3,300 times.

Nobody has lived at the house since Joe was placed in custody.

He and Rachel bought the property in 2003 for around €240,000 and planned to make it their dream home.

The mortgage was cleared in 2010 according to Land Registry records.

Joe and Rachel are also still listed as the owners, the third since the house was first registered in 1978.

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In her book, Remembering Rachel, Rachel’s mother Rose Callaly wrote about the day she discovered her daughter’s body at the house.

She went there after receiving a call from Joe to say that the school had phoned him to say nobody had turned up to collect one of their children.

Rose found Rachel’s battered body in the bedroom.

“Rachel was lying in such a horrific state that I will not attempt to describe the scene, but the image of it will haunt

me until my dying day,” she wrote.

O’Reilly has launched different appeals over the years in an effort to be freed from prison, and is currently hoping for success on a miscarriage of justice appeal.

He claims his conviction is unsound because part of the book of evidence used to convict him was found in the jury room on the fourth day of his 2007 trial.

This month the Court of Appeal reserved judgement on an application by the State to have the appeal thrown out.

The State argues that the fact that when the part of the book of

evidence was found it was brought to the attention of the court during the original murder trial and the jury had confirmed that no member of the panel had read any of the documents in it.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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