The stunning Co. Wicklow home of Derry’s most famous son, Phil Coulter, is on the market with an asking price of just over e1.2m.
Having lived in Killarney House in the picturesque town of Bray for over 20 years, it is understood that the composer and his wife, artist and performer Geraldine Brannigan, are to downsize as their six children have grown up and flown the nest.
The seven-bedroom detached Killarney House must hold many memories. Family and friends serenaded Phil and Geraldine from the steps of the house as they left for their honeymoon and no doubt much music has been composed in its impressive music room/studio.
The house, which is on the market for €1,275,000m spans an area of 436sqm, with a 108sqm studio, and a 32sqm mews. Described by estate agents Sherry Fitzgerald as an “impressive period residence”, the family home includes a studio wing and detached two-roomed garden cottage which makes it “ideal for purchasers seeking room for a large or extended family with ample scope for professionals and/or artists to work from home.”
Phil’s wife Geraldine is said to have remarked that the heart of her home, wherever it may be, will continue to be the kitchen.
Sherry Fitzgerald’s Gordon Lennox says the property has generated quite a lot of interest.
“I actually sold the house to Mr Coulter’s family originally,” Mr Lennox revealed, “and they have spent a very happy 21 years here.
“But I think, as the children fly the nest, they realise they’ll need something smaller and we are blessed to be handling the sale of the house again. It is a very beautiful property and we are delighted to have them as clients - they are lovely people,” he added.
Besides penning ‘The Town I Loved So Well’, Coulter’s big break came with Sandy Shaw’s 1967 Eurovision winner ‘Puppet On A String’ and Cliff Richard’s 1968 ‘Congratulations’.