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The stunning mansion that gardaí say links Mansfield family to gang boss Daniel Kinahan

The case has taken years to come before the courts and is the culmination of a huge investigation

Number 10 Coldwater Lakes is now at the centre of a CAB case

Nicola Tallant

This is the stunning mansion at the centre of a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) case set to detail the alleged links between Jim Mansfield Jnr and mob bosses Daniel Kinahan and Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh.

Number 10 Coldwater Lakes was once the home of Anne Mansfield, the widow of the late billionaire businessman Jim Mansfield Snr and mother to Jim Jnr, PJ and Tony.

CAB believe she vacated the property - in Saggart, south County Dublin - as her husband needed it to pay back a debt to the mob investors who had attempted to wash €5 million in dirty money through his property empire.

Anne moved into the family home at the nearby Tasaggart House while Kinahan and his cronies moved in - and for a period of time used it as their Dublin base.

10 Coldwater Lakes Saggart Co Dublin

During a Garda raid in 2015, boxer Matthew Macklin was discovered to be staying there, while in 2019, when officers searched it a second time, Anthony Fitzpatrick, a manager at MTK, was working remotely from the house.

Anne Mansfield is named as a respondent on the CAB's proceeds of crime case currently before the courts, along with Kinahan, Kavanagh and her son PJ.

The case has taken years to come before the courts and is the culmination of a huge investigation into documents seized during CAB raids on Mansfield properties.

A protected witness, Martin Byrne, who was the former head of security at Citywest and who was kidnapped by a terror mob headed by Dessie O'Hare, has given a series of statements to the CAB.

Coldwater Lakes is probably Ireland's most exclusive housing estate. Behind electronic gates the mansions of the Mansfield-built development stretch out across a manicured golf course, one after the other standing in magnificence.

Inside the private grounds each property enjoys a further degree of security with many covered in high-tech camera equipment, high fencing and most protected by a second electronic gate to keep away unwanted visitors.

Top-of-the-range cars sit in driveways that lead to luxurious houses which would rival anything in Beverly Hills. But it is here, in this corner of paradise that some of Ireland's best kept secrets lie.

Coldwater was constructed in the vast Citywest complex as a playground for the Mansfields, with some of the €280 million loaned to the family by the Bank of Scotland and Irish Nationwide.

At one point, all three brothers - Jimmy Jnr, Tony and PJ - lived there.

The home previously occupied by Jimmy Jnr, number 9, is now the residence of House of Prayer 'visionary' Christina Gallagher, whose followers believed she suffered from stigmata and helped her become a millionaire.

Anne Mansfield, pictured here with son PJ, is named in a CAB proceeds of crime case

But it is number 10 that is the focus of the current case which will be played out in the High Court over the coming months.

Gardai believe that for years Jim Mansfield Snr accepted 'investments' from paramilitaries and members of the criminal underworld desperate to wash their dirty cash through his massive property empire in west Dublin - which included hundreds of houses and apartments, a convention centre, lands and the Citywest Hotel.

They believe that before his business went under in 2011 and was taken over by a receiver, he had agreed to launder around €5 million for the Kinahan mob through the purchase of five luxury homes.

However, before the deal was processed and the properties transferred, the banks moved in and both underworld and legitimate investments were absorbed into the receivership process.

Desperate to claw back his empire and under increasing pressure from his criminal clients, Mansfield agreed to hand over the house of his wife, Anne, as part payment for what he owed.

Daniel Kinahan and brother Christopher Kinahan jr

The house is believed to have been handed over at some point in 2013, when gardai began collating details of cars used by senior members of the Kinahan organised crime group at the house.

A major renovation got underway and intelligence suggested that Christopher Kinahan Jnr organised a high-spec security refit.

Both Christopher Jnr and Daniel Kinahan were spotted at the house before officers moved in to search it in January 2015, along with the Mansfield family home and other properties.

Macklin - who has no involvement in criminality - was discovered to be staying at the house during that first search.

He was a long-term friend of Kinahan and the co-founder of the MGM gym in Marbella, which would later be sold to tanning tycoon Sandra Vaughan and become MTK Global.

Matthew Macklin and Daniel Kinahan

As investigations continued, a second raid was planned and in 2019 MTK manager Anthony Fitzpatrick, who had been arrested during the Operation Shovel raids on the Kinahan organisation in 2010, was discovered to be living there. He was never charged with any offence.

CAB will be seeking to seize the house on behalf of the Irish exchequer, along with a sum of money believed to be in the region of €60,000, which was found during a search.

On Wednesday, Shelley Horan BL on behalf of CAB told a court that officers were seeking an address for Kinahan in Dubai and would be liaising with authorities in the UAE to serve him.

She said they would also be seeking to serve Kavanagh, who is currently in jail in the UK awaiting sentence for serious drug and money-laundering convictions.

She told Justice Michael McGrath in Cork that CAB had attempted to serve Jim Mansfield Jnr at his current residence in Portlaoise Prison but were told to deal with his lawyer. Both Anne Mansfield and her son PJ gave detectives the same response when they tried to serve them with papers.

The case is due before the High Court in April.

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