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Phil Collins' son's secret €1m Kerry hideaway revealed following cocaine conviction

Rock star Phil's son lived quietly in luxury Kerry hideaway... until his arrest for cocaine
Patrick O'Connell

This is the luxury €1 million country 'hideaway' where legendary rocker Phil Collins' son lived in virtual anonymity up until his arrest, for driving while under the influence of cocaine, in January of 2020.

Simon Collins, the son of legendary rock star Phil Collins, moved into Greenane Cottage on the outskirts of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, shortly after it was purchased from its former American owners in August of 2019.

Although the idyllic cottage, sitting on five acres, was initially placed on the market for €1.25 million, records show it was purchased at a 'knockdown' €818,000 and registered in the name of Andrea Collins two months later.

When the Sunday World called to the property on Friday morning, Mr Collins greeted our reporter in the driveway of the property before saying: 'No, no, no,' and going back inside - when asked to discuss the case.

Simon Collins pictured arriving at Killarney Court

Simon Collins pictured arriving at Killarney Court

The 45-year-old, who was disqualified from driving for a period of 12 months after his conviction this week, is understood to have set up a recording studio on the stunning grounds of the luxury property.

Locals said the talented singer finds the surrounding scenery helpful to his music.

Sitting on top of an elevated site, Greenane Cottage looks down on beautiful Kenmare Bay, with the majestic Caha Mountains looming large in the distance.

The five acres or so on which Greenane sits, is expertly landscaped and has an abundance of mature trees. It also boasts a magnificent converted coach house replete with en-suite bedrooms and walk-in wardrobes.

The former owners of the property, the Nicholson family in Boston, used the family as a holiday home for a month or two each summer.

The beautiful Kerry property was bought or €818,000 in 2019

The beautiful Kerry property was bought or €818,000 in 2019

However, despite it's infrequent use the property was kitted out with a modern functional integrated kitchen and reception room with open fire.

Simon Collins been living at Greenane for only a couple of months, when he was arrested after he was stopped by gardaí on a mountain road at Derrycunnihy, outside Killarney, in the early hours of January 18, 2020.

Garda James McCarthy told Killarney District Court this week that he was responding to an unrelated incident in an area outside Killarney at 3.20am on January 18.

That involved a vehicle which had crashed into a ditch and which had then been abandoned.

The beautiful Kerry property was bought or €818,000 in 2019

The beautiful Kerry property was bought or €818,000 in 2019

As gardaí arrived at the scene, they spotted a vehicle emerging from a private roadway nearby and coming onto the public road.

Gda McCarthy said he signalled for this vehicle to stop and realised that there were two occupants, a driver and a front-seat passenger, with the windows inside noticeably fogged up.

The Garda said that when he approached the driver and asked for the window to be wound down, he noticed a strong smell from the interior.

"I immediately got a smell of something that I believed to be cannabis coming from the vehicle," he said.

The beautiful Kerry property was bought or €818,000 in 2019

The beautiful Kerry property was bought or €818,000 in 2019

Gda McCarthy asked the driver, who said his name was Simon Collins, for his driving license.

Gda McCarthy said Mr Collins explained that he did not have his driving license on him but offered him his PPS card for identity purposes.

"I noticed that there was a white powder on the (PPS) card," Gda McCarthy said.

When queried, the garda said the driver identified the white substance as cocaine and later handed the garda a cylindrical container which he said contained cocaine for his own use.

"He informed me it was cocaine and said it was for his own use," he said.

Gda McCarthy said Collins's speech was delayed and his eyes were dilated.

The driver was arrested and taken to Killarney Garda station where a subsequent test revealed a concentration of 57.2 nanogrammes of cocaine metabolites per ml. This was over the permitted driving limit.

Inspector Vincent Brick confirmed to the court that Mr Collins has no previous convictions.

The court heard that Mr Collins was "very sorry" for what had happened.

Judge Waters noted that the defendant had co-operated fully with the Garda at all times.

He convicted him of drug driving and disqualified him from driving for 12 months but agreed to postpone the enforcement of the order until May 2022. Judge Waters also fined him €400.

Simon Collins is the son of Genesis and solo rock star, Phil Collins, by his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli.

His half-sister, Emily Collins, is a renowned actor having starred in The Blind Side and Emily in Paris.

Genesisi and solo singer Phil Collins

Genesisi and solo singer Phil Collins

His other sister, Joely, is also a successful actor.

Like his father, Simon Collins is a drummer and former lead vocalist of the rock band Sound of Contact.

Famously, he toured as a youngster with his father on a Genesis tour and played on numerous occasions with Phil Collins at solo gigs.

He spent his early years living in the UK before relocating at age eight to Vancouver in Canada following his parents' divorce.

Born in Canada and raised in the UK, Simon Collins launched his own music career as a member of the punk band, Jet Set. He then signed with Warner Music in 2000 and launched his debut album, All Of Who You Are.

That album sold 100,000 copies in Germany and three successful singles were released.

In 2012, he formed new band, Sound of Contact, with three fellow Canadian musicians.

Collins then relocated from Canada to Wiltshire in the UK before moving to Ireland in late 2019 to set up a studio in rural south Kerry.

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