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Saturday 1 October 2016

Upkeep of Georgian mansion is 'unmanageable on my own' - Twink

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Adele 'Twink' King says she has no reason to press the panic button over a bank's bid to repossess her house.

The panto queen revealed that she was "thinking of downsizing" from her Georgian mansion in south Dublin, and added: "It might be the smartest thing I'd ever do in my life."

The mortgage for Idrone House in Knocklyon, Dublin 16, is registered in the names of Ms King and her estranged husband David Agnew.

The County Registrar's Court heard yesterday that papers Bank of Scotland has served against Ms King state that as of August 2013 the bank was owed €244,000, including just over €11,600 arrears at that time.

The application for possession against Ms King had previously been adjourned by the court.

When asked about the repossession bid, Twink told the Herald that "we have deals with the banks".

"We are handling it, and it's all being handled above board and it's all very friendly at the moment," she said.

Twink went on to reveal that she was thinking of moving to a smaller house because "like all big mansions the upkeep is ridiculous".

"I'm very up-front and honest about these things and say it how it is," she said.

Unmanageable

"I have no reason at the moment to press any particular panic button.

"I did say I'm thinking of downsizing - I've a lot of problems because it's just a bit unmanageable on my own."

The 64-year-old has two daughters, Chloe and Naomi, and she said the property had been bought as "a family house".

"It's the old story of the family are gone and mammy's left on her own with a very big home to keep," she said.

"I'm looking at something that I can maintain a bit easier. It might be the smartest thing I'd ever do in my life.

"That's not to say that I'm rushing out tomorrow.

"I'm fit and healthy for my age and maybe a big old house with a massive flight of stairs might not be the best idea 20 years from now if I'm still around."

"But it's not easy to say you'd leave your home [to downsize] and then you have to weigh up would it work or not."

She went on to say that it was "a mixed blessing" to live in such an old house.

"I remember us as a family and when we moved in there was a bulldozer in the hall," she said.

"No ceilings and floors, no rooms, no windows - they're the money pits. Your heart is broken. They're very hard work in every aspect."

Dublin County Registrar Rita Considine heard yesterday that Ms King had been served with a civil bill seeking possession of Idrone House.

The court heard there had been difficulty serving Mr Agnew with the proceedings and earlier permission had been granted for him to be served at his place of work, the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Rathmines Road.

affidavits

Mr Agnew was not in court yesterday, nor was he legally represented.

Since it was the first time the legal proceedings were in court against him, Ms Considine adjourned the bank's application for further consideration by her court.

New affidavits from the bank and replying affidavits from both David and Adele Agnew are expected to be exchanged before a new return date.

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