Browne puts home up for sale to pay off debts

BROADCASTER Vincent Browne has put his home in Dalkey, Co Dublin, up for sale to pay off debts he incurred from weekly news magazine Village.

Mr Browne, who bought the six-bedroom Victorian house with his wife, Jean, for £94,000 in 1987, said the couple had no option but to sell.

“It’s far too big now our daughters are both grown, but even so, we’d love to keep it. We’ve no choice, however, but to sell,” he said. “The money’s needed to pay debts from Village magazine, to buy another house and to supply some kind of pension because I don’t have one.”

The house, named Atlanta, is a large semi-detached with direct access to the sea. It is on the market through Vincent Finnegan auctioneers, with a €3.25m price tag.

Mr Browne was the founding editor of Village magazine in 2004. It ceased publishing in 2008 but was later revived with a new editor and is now published bi-monthly. Mr Browne is believed to have debts in the region of €1.5m.

Gillian Draper, who is handling the sale, said there has already been interest in the house. “Despite the recession, Dalkey is holding its own and this house is in a unique location with direct shore access. The Brownes have done quite a bit of work on the property and it would make a fantastic family home.

“We expect to have some serious contenders and we are quite confident it will sell,” she said.

Atlanta, at 37 Coliemore Road, is one of a pair of tall houses sheltering behind trees at the front. It has a sweep of terraced gardens down to the rocky coastline at the rear. The 320sqm (3,444sq ft), three-storey house has four reception rooms and a family kitchen with a sea-facing balcony and steps to the garden.

Built in 1870, it became the property of Thomas Hamilton in 1926. He left it to his daughter, Aileen Hamilton, who later shared it with the late food writer Theodora FitzGibbon and her husband, film-maker George Morrison.

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