On the day that he signed a record deal as a solo artist Westlife singer Shane Filan saw two of his properties, including one in Dromahair sell for nearly €1m. The derelict period house with 146 acres of farm land was purchased by James Irwin, a farmer from near Manorhamilton for €910,000.
Having completed the purchase, Mr Irwin was quoted as saying, “I bought it because it was a good farm of land. I didn’t buy it because of the connections. I don’t even know a Westlife song, I’m too old for that.”
The auction, which was held in the Sligo Park Hotel saw another piece of property, remain in the Filan family as Shane’s brother Liam purchased 3.6 acres of land adjoining his luxury home in Carraroe for €50,000.
That luxury home remains on the market and is valued at €300,000 having been built for an estimated €3m.
Mr Filan, who now resides in England was declared bankrupt in the UK last year and announcing his new record deal last week said, “The past twelve months have been very tough at times but if nothing else it proved to me that family, health and happiness are the most important things in life.”