Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It also has a helicopter pad

The home under construction for JP McManus, the man whose finances the Irish media always seem to struggle with --

The size of the lake for which planning permission has been approved is 5,500sq m, which is just under 1.25 acres ... The house is still under construction but is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The 40,000sq ft property has nine bedrooms and features a 200-seat cinema, gym with 18-metre pool, sauna, steam room and hot tubs, a vast wine cellar and a “panic room”.

The house, which resembles the stately homes built in the 17th and 18th centuries, is about 27 times the size of an average modern home.

That's quite a comprehensive living space for someone who for tax purposes, does not live in Ireland. He even bought out the local GAA club's original site, which had a prime view of the property. Again a strange concern for someone who apparently can only be there less than half the days of the year. Perhaps the locals will help the Revenue keep track of the number of daily sightings.

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