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Revealed: The Dublin flat that was home to London Bridge terrorist

Rachid Redouane
Rachid Redouane

London terror attacker Rachid Redouane lived in this red brick property in the quiet south Dublin suburb of Rathmines in 2012, years before he participated in last weekend's atrocity that left seven people dead and 48 others injured.

Flat 1 in Number 30 Grosvenor Square was the home of Redouane when he married Charisse O'Leary on November 7, 2012.

The ordinary property looks out on the Kenilworth Bowling Club and the Stratford Lawn Tennis Club.

Tucked into the corner of the neat period red brick square, it is like many others in this leafy area of Dublin 6.

Flat number 1 in 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines was the home of London attacker Rachid Redouane in 2012 (Pic: Independent.ie/Tony Gavin)

The oasis of calm in Rathmines is in stark contrast with the image of the man who teamed up with two other extremists to kill, maim and butcher scores of innocent people in Saturday night's spree.

As Redouane's links to the area became apparent, locals who saw the media crews gather at the railings of Number 30 yesterday were first curious and then shocked to find out why the end-of-terrace two-storey over basement was thrust from obscurity into the spotlight by the eight-minute actions of its former resident.

Since Redouane lived at the property it has changed hands and been redeveloped, and none of the current occupants or the owners have any connection to or knowledge of the man whose face appeared all over the world last weekend as that of an Isil killer.

Redouane's marriage certificate shows that it was at this address in Grosvenor Square that he made his home with British citizen Ms O'Leary.

The marriage document shows that Redouane was born on July 31, 1986, the son of Kabboura Warsaq and Lahcen Redouane.

His occupation is listed as a pastry chef but it is not known if he worked in Dublin.

Ms O'Leary, who split with Redouane later and who publicly denounced the Manchester suicide bombing on Facebook, was born in July 1978.

The couple had one child together. Their marriage took place in the Registrar's Office at Sir Patrick Duns Hospital on Lower Grand Canal Street in Dublin 2, witnessed by Ms O'Leary's mother and an unknown man named Khalil Chadili.

Marriage record of Rachid Redouane and Charisse Anne O'Leary (Pic: Tony Gavin)

Rachid Redouane

Resident Mohamed Aissani has lived in the Rathmines area for 10 years and is now an Irish citizen.

He told the Irish Independent that he did not recognise the picture of Rachid Redouane circulated worldwide as the probe into the London attack continues.

"If he was from the Algerian community I would know him because I am Algerian myself. I know a few guys who are North African but this guy in particular I believe he did not live here for long," he said.

Mr Aissani condemned the actions of Redouane and his accomplices Youssef Zaghba and Khuram Shazad Butt.

"I am a Muslim myself, and Islam is against this.

"These people do not represent Islam or their country," he said.

"This is against religion, this is a personal act, nothing to do with religion.

"Some people might think that because a terrorist act never happened here that Ireland might be a place where there are sleeping cells, which this guy sounds like he was from.

"But I don't think Ireland is a place with sleeping cells. This is my opinion but I'm sure the authorities in this country know what they are doing.

"So far, because Ireland wasn't hit by terrorism, I think this shows the authorities are doing a good job to protect the people, both foreign and Irish, because terrorism doesn't care where you are from. Terrorism hits Muslims themselves," he added.

Mr Aissani said he also believes that most people in Ireland are educated enough to know acts of terror are carried out by people that do not reflect the vast majority of Muslims.

"Muslims have been living in Ireland for so many years, and love this country - I have lived in Ireland more than my own country," he said.

London-born Alex Harkness (25), who now lives in the basement flat of the house, said it is a bit scary that someone who committed such murder could have lived at the property.

She said that it "wasn't too surprising in this day and age" as terror continues to spread across Europe.

"I wondered why there were all these cameras outside and I haven't really read the news this morning, so we figured out there must be something happening in this area," she told reporters from the granite steps of the property.

"On the inside the house has been all cleaned out since it was renovated, so you wouldn't know anything of its past.

"It's going to be a mental processing thing now that we know he lived here," she added.

Via Independent.ie