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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gorse Hill story shows that we're back to boomtime property porn

Gorse Hill
Gorse Hill

"Gorse Hill. It's one of the finest properties in all of 'Bel Eire' sitting on c. 1.25 acres...the house is now perfection, it embodies all aspects of what an estate should be with every possible amenity, unless you're picky and require a heliport and jetty. Honestly, the O'Donnells deserve an award for this development, not eviction notices."

Those are the words of a self-professed "anonymous residential property aficionado with an insatiable appetite for Dublin's high end homes" on the Dublin's Great Estates website.

The sprawling mansion, alongside a swimming pool, sauna and tennis court is now less an estate and more a battleground - but solicitor Brian O'Donnell's repossession/trespass battle is clearly not reflective of the reality of home repossessions across the country.

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The Irish Mortgage Holders Association says 25,000 families are in line for repossession. Last month, there were so many repossession cases in Donegal it took the county registrar two hours and 29 minutes just to do a 'call over' of the motions list at Letterkenny Court.

You don't see the media or the Land League at the forefront of those kind of cases. Why? Well they don't exactly feed the property pornographer in us.

Who wants to glimpse over the wall of a three-bed semi in Mullingar? Who cares about a two-up, two-down in Thurles?

It was television that really got us into property pornography back in the boom. MTV's Cribs, home renovation shows and those big American fridges had us addicted.

We were in rehab since the crash but cases involving big houses and the wealthy are getting the nation on a property high again.

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