Kevin wanders home to build dream house

IRELAND soccer star Kevin Doyle has put his roots down in his native Co Wexford, having moved into his 9,035sq ft dream home.

The mansion, complete with numerous gyms, a swimming pool and a jacuzzi, has views of the Slaney Estuary.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ireland striker will be spending as much time as he can in Ireland now that he is settled into the house with his wife, Jennifer Harney, and in close proximity to his parents, Bernie and Paddy.

Doyle was granted planning permission for the house on land owned by his parents in rural Killurin in 2009.

The former Cork City favourite married his childhood sweetheart Jenny in a fairytale ceremony and reception at Adare Manor in June 2010.

The happy couple are now living in bliss in their secluded home.

The couple are enjoying the comforts of the house at Reddina, Killurin, complete with a sauna and five sumptuous bedrooms.

There is even a dedicated area for their dog, and enough space to fit three luxury cars in a separate car port.

The multi-million euro pad was built on more than three acres of land.

Planners have said that it will not be visible from the main road.

The couple had to stump up over €6,000 in levies to the local authority for the house at the outset, but it’s doubtful the millionaires would have had much trouble in paying this.

Doyle travels back and forth from England frequently, and the move was completed over the summer, while he was recovering from an injury.

Built by Wexford-based architect Ray Kelly — who said Doyle was very pleasant to deal with — the mansion’s curvilinear design maximises the solar gain aspect with distant views of the Slaney estuary.

Mr Doyle’s original planning application listed his occupation as professional footballer, his employers as Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and his “actual place of work” as Wolverhampton.

However, while the Wexford man scores goals all over England and beyond for club and country, it seems his heart belongs to Wexford, as Mr Kelly indicated to the local authority in the 2009 planning application.

“As a footnote we point out that the applicant is a professional footballer and is a native of Wexford — this will be his primary residence,” the application stated.

The application added: “He is renting accommodation in Britain and plans to spend as much time as possible in Wexford in the short term and, in particular, in the longer term.”

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