Cork legend Roy Keane will be feeling a little more flush today after his former Ipswich home was sold for a cool £3m (€3.9m).
The Mayfield-born Manchester United icon and current Ireland assistant manager bought the property when he managed Ipswich Town between 2009 and 2011.
The seven-bedroom detached home in Woodbridge, Ipswich, was originally put on the market last May for £3.5m.
Property agent Fine and Country confirmed that the property has now sold for £3m.
Set on more than three acres, the property is described as having been “refurbished to an extremely high specification” in a desirable and tranquil setting in Woodbridge.
The house boasts seven double bedrooms, four with en-suites, and two family bath/shower rooms. The property also has a tennis court, swimming pool, and tree house.
Rumours have been rife in the former Manchester United star’s native city that he was planning a return to Cork, after he was reportedly viewing a number of off-market properties on the northside of the city last summer.
However, he has not made any purchase just yet.
A very private family man, he and his wife Theresa have five children — one already attending University College Cork — and extended family across the city.
Creative director of interior design company The Cotton Tree, Jules O’Dowd, was tasked with designing the interior of Keane’s home in Ipswich and worked closely with the Corkman on the project.
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times last year, Ms O’Dowd said Keane’s famously fiery character was not the one she encountered when meeting the man in person.
“He was one of the most sincere, wonderful men. His wife, too. Just lovely people. I did his house when he moved to Woodbridge.
“People always say: ‘He must have been...’ and then they make a face, but I always say: ‘He was gorgeous’. Because he was. The loveliest man and so easy to work with,” she said.
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