UFC’s Conor McGregor toss his hat in the ring for € 6.35million retirement from Ballinacurra Cork?
GOOD national and international interest is being shown in the sale of Ballinacurra House and an estate near Kinsale which carries a price guide of 6.35 million euros – but reports locally and in Dublin that the fighter and man of Conor McGregor’s business threw his hat in the ring were officially fired by sales agents.
The upscale hospitality venue hit the market in the spring, with Agents Knight Frank amid the global pandemic, and has since returned to commerce this summer as an exclusive, ultra-private domain.
Since the launch of the free market, there have been more than a dozen inquiries, but physical viewings by interested parties, especially in the UK and US, have been hit by travel restrictions due of the global pandemic.
The estate’s scope of interest on 28 acres and with over 18,000 square feet of property totaling 25 rooms in a mix of buildings ranges from return to private use, as a hybrid corporate work environment to ‘a company in the international financial sector and as a high performance training base for elite professional athletes.
We know that the best sports promoters and financial advisers like the Irish Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor have shown an interest in Ballinacurra House and know the surroundings and the appeal of the estate a few miles from the former head of Kinsale.
Its salespeople Des and Lisa McGahan have long-term ties to the world of sports and people like Barry and Eddie Hearn from their previous international careers in the industry, including sports and televised events such as darts, snooker and boxing.
UFC super-rich veteran Conor McGregor has previously been linked with low-key visits to Kinsale, and added to his stated wealth with the sale of a significant share of his Proper No.12 whiskey brand, to the American company Proximo Spirits for a declared $ 600 million. Despite recent combat losses, Forbes ranked him the highest-paid athlete in the world for 2021, earning $ 180 million.
Among a wide range of business interests, from whiskey to fashion and endorsements, Conor McGregor has invested in the hospitality industry, buying up a number of Dublin pubs including the one where he knocked out an older client , called Black Forge and which is due to open on July 26 once the Covid-19 restrictions on the bar and restaurant sectors have been lifted.
Ballinacurra House sales agent Guy Christie of Knight Frank this week dismissed reports of McGregor’s purchase of McGregor in Kinsale as unfounded, and added that reports of his purchase of significant Irish properties were not not uncommon, and other recent media reports show another of Ireland’s top sportsmen, boxer Katie Taylor, who recently bought three investment properties for € 750,000.
Separately, market sources indicate the arrival of a vintage Kinsale waterfront property used for Airbnb-style rentals in the € 2-3million price range in the weeks to to come, while a luxury home on 28 acres in Dromderrig, Compass Hill, was launched with an unconfirmed €. 5m price guide, seems to have been written off in recent weeks from real estate websites. Kinsale currently offers more than a dozen properties for over a million euros, including one, Walton Court, listed at 4.5 million euros, and Oceanbreeze at 5 million euros.