Former home of 'General' sells for €904,000


The house formerly owned by notorious Dublin criminal Martin Cahill was sold at auction this afternoon for €904,000 to an undisclosed buyer.

Number 17 Cowper Downs was built in 1984
Number 17 Cowper Downs was built in 1984

The four-bedroom home at 17 Cowper Downs in Rathmines was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) and auctioned by Gunne Residential today.

A spokesperson for the estate agent confirmed there had been five bidders for the 125-square-metre (1,345 square foot) house, which has a large private garden.

The price is significantly lower than the average price of €1.2 million achieved for other houses on the road.

This is largely down to the condition of the house and the notoriety of the address. The Cab recently dug up the entire back garden of the house searching for proceeds of crime.

The estate agents described the sals as "an outstanding opportunity to acquire a detached residence in the heart of Dublin 6". The house is "bright and spacious" but is is in need of refurbishment, the agents' brochure said.

Cahill, known as "The General", was gunned down in August 1994, shortly before the IRA ceasefire. The attack took place as he drove through nearby Ranelagh in his black Renault 5.