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cab target house Andy Connors' wife trying to flog family mansion with swimming pool that is 'Fat' for a king

Widow puts mansion on market for €725k


Ann Connors is trying to flog a mansion which has twice been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau

Ann Connors is trying to flog a mansion which has twice been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau

Ann Connors is trying to flog a mansion which has twice been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau

Traveller widow Ann Connors is trying to flog a mansion which has twice been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Five bed 'The Villa' on the Blessington Road has been put on the market with a price tag of €725,000 with a promise that it is prime for redevelopment subject to planning permission.

The house, which has been vacant for years, features a swimming pool and a sweeping grand staircase, but no interior shots of the property are available with the sales brochure.

The gaudy mansion has failed to sell in the past and when it first went on the market in 2005 - when 'Fat' Andy Connors settled a first tax bill with the Bureau - it was valued at a whopping €3 million.

Then, photos showed an impressive entrance hall, five bedrooms and a top of the range marble kitchen. Potential purchasers who were interested in the house were often put off by a huge camp that had been located in the back garden at the time.

'Fat' Andy, who was shot dead in 2014, told gardai at the time that he wanted rid of the house because a relative had died there and superstition demands caravans and homes are burned as a mark of respect when a death occurs.

Connors built the house but his family never lived in it and instead his widow has settled at a second large property known as The Ranch up the road in Saggart.

He was first subject to a CAB case in the early 2000s when they identified his wealth, which he claimed came from buying and selling horses and purchasing lands and caravans.

Instead, he was suspected of being the head of a violent burglary gang which terrorised elderly people around the country.


‘Fat’ Andy Connors

‘Fat’ Andy Connors

‘Fat’ Andy Connors

It was when he built the ostentatious house on the Blessington Road that gardai first started taking a closer look at his network and his earnings, which he insisted were all legitimate.

The house was a showpiece of his wealth rather than a home and the rooms were filled with expensive antiques and chandeliers while the family lived in caravans out the back.

Since his death the properties are in the name of Connors' widow Ann and the CAB has now judgement mortgages against a number of the properties, including The Villa.

The flash granny has been developing The Ranch, just a short drive away, outside planning regulations and as the Sunday World has revealed, has turned it into an unofficial Traveller halting site with pitches and yards for rent.

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Connors is clearly hoping to shore up some funds in the coming months and late last year she advertised another of her properties on her Facebook site, claiming she was going to raffle it.

The house at Jobstown was photographed with 47 raffle tickets up for grabs at €10,000 apiece, but no winner was ever announced.

Ann Connors has a €2.5 million tax bill against her but has expanded into lands neighbouring her own where she offers 'chalets' for rent for #1,500 per month.

The incredible expanse of The Ranch has involved concreting a large area of a neighbouring site which land registry records show is owned by Boherboy, a Mansfield-run company.

Neighbours in the Saggart area, which includes the plush Coldwater Lakes estate, have been making a string of complaints about planning irregularities, littering and about animal welfare on lands around the site.

South Dublin County Council is in charge of those issues in the area and has remained in communication about the issues but many fear that the more Connors expands the more difficult it will be to undo her developments.

It is understood that CAB has not yet taken a Proceeds of Crime case against the widow. In recent years Ann has told a court that she is surviving on social welfare payments.

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