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Bankrupt star Shane gets no offers for mansion despite €990k knockdown price


FOR SALE: The Sligo mansion of Shane Filan

FOR SALE: The Sligo mansion of Shane Filan

FOR SALE: The Sligo mansion of Shane Filan

HE was offered €10m for it at the height of the boom, and perhaps he should have taken it.

Because a month after going on the market for just €990,000, former Westlife singer Shane Filan has still not found a buyer for his home.

Set in five acres at Carraroe, outside Sligo town, estate agents had described the five-bedroom detached home as a "modern-day mansion with no expense spared" when the property first went on the market in February.

But despite several viewings, a buyer has yet to be found.

Now it looks as if another price-cut might be needed to shift the house, which cost Filan an estimated €3m to complete in 2004.

"The property is still on the market and a viewing can be arranged," estate agents Sherry Fitzgerald Draper said last night.



Initially, there had been huge interest when the house first came on the market. But like so many other luxury properties for sale nationwide, it has struggled to find a buyer.

However an insider remained confident one would be found for the home, which has been described as "exceptional by any standards". Features include a gym, a snooker room, two living-rooms, a music room and a study.

All this is behind electronically controlled gates on landscaped grounds with a lake, patio and terraces as well as a golfing area.

In 2006, a Japanese businessman offered Filan €10m for the house.

The 32-year-old, who sold 43 million records worldwide with Westlife, was declared bankrupt in the UK last June where he now lives. More than €18m is owed to creditors from the building company owned by Shane Filan and his brother Finbarr.