Controversial Gorse Hill sells for €1m over its asking price

The former home of solicitor Brian O'Donnell went on the market in March

Controversial Gorse Hill sells for €1m over its asking price

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The controversial Killiney home of solicitor Brian O'Donnell and his family has sold for €9.5m.

The Irish Times reports the property has been sold to an undisclosed buyer.

Gorse Hill went on the market for an asking price of €8,500,000 in March.

Mr O'Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia fought Bank of Ireland to keep the property, which was also 'barricaded' for a time by members of the so-called New Land League.

Bank of Ireland had been pursuing the family for debts in excess of €70m and had been granted a court order to take possession of the house against the wishes of the four adult O'Donnell children.

The family mounted a number of court cases and appeals to try and retain the property.

Legal documents were nailed to the property's gates at one point in March 2015, warning the O'Donnell's that they must leave.

TV3 broadcaster Vincent Browne demanded access to what he described as "bank property", and derided journalists who would not cross the threshold with him as "wimps".

Mr Browne then led what Brian O’Donnell would later describe as a "posse" of journalists down the long driveway and onto the grounds of Gorse Hill.

Jerry Beades of the New Land League later spoke to Vincent Browne, calling the house "a bog standard house".

A very heated debate ensued:

Additional reporting: Richard Chambers