Wednesday 12 December 2018

Eager Swords house-buyers take deposits over the threshold as D-Day finally dawns

At 2pm today, bride-to-be Megan O'Shaughnessy will hand over a deposit for the home she has spent the last four days queuing for.

"I have my deposit, I have a bank draft, so I'll hand that over and hopefully it will be sale agreed," said the 23-year-old from Swords.

Eight parties slept out last night to make sure they were in line to secure their dream home.

The 53 houses in Millers Glen will not go on view until this afternoon, but estate agent Ronan O'Driscoll said it will be "first come, first served" and that the "price is the price".

Two, three and four-bedroomed houses are on offer.

The three-bed houses are priced from €279,950.

While only eight eager buyers resorted to nights under the stars to secure the property they wanted, many interested would-be buyers drove up and down to the new estate to monitor the situation last night.

"There were a lot of people coming and going but there are lots of houses, so they'll be fine. But we're definitely not going anywhere," Ms O'Shaughnessy told the Herald last night.


She has held her place at the top of the queue since Tuesday by sharing shifts with her mum Elaine and fiance Rob. Last night the prospective homeowners shared chips and had a "bit of banter" ahead of the big reveal today.

The housing development - the first new estate in Swords since 2006 - opens to the public at 2pm this afternoon.


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