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Matt's back and this time he's living with family in a €20m mansion overlooking Killiney Bay

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Aerial view of Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

Aerial view of Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

The entrance to Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

The entrance to Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

LUXURIOUS: The stunning Mount Eagle mansion comes with views of Killiney Bay, tennis courts, pool, gym and a sauna

LUXURIOUS: The stunning Mount Eagle mansion comes with views of Killiney Bay, tennis courts, pool, gym and a sauna

Previous visit: Matt and his wife Luciana at Dublin airport in May

Previous visit: Matt and his wife Luciana at Dublin airport in May

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Aerial view of Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

MATT Damon is back living in south Dublin and has moved into a new house in the Killiney/Dalkey area he has fallen in love with.

The Sunday World can reveal the Hollywood superstar has moved into stunning Georgian mansion Mount Eagle on Vico Road in Killiney - at a cost of nearly E15,000 a week.

The millionaires' playground of Killiney is nicknamed 'Belle Eire' because stars such as Bono, Enya and Van Morrison all have homes there.

Locals hoping to again catch a glimpse of the Bourne Identity star will have to wait for a while as we can reveal the actor is on lockdown in the property as he has to undergo two weeks of quarantine, having flown in from the US.

Matt (49) is back in Ireland to shoot his new movie The Last Duel.

Insiders tell us he flew back into Dublin earlier this week with his family and arrived in Killiney among a fleet of limousines, with local caterers and merchants ferrying a wide range of food, goods and items to the mansion.

Earlier this month we revealed Matt would have to look elsewhere for somewhere to stay as Formula One ace Eddie Irvine's former mansion Ischia - where Matt stayed earlier this year - is booked out for several intermittent days over the next few weeks.

His new pad, Mount Eagle, is a three storey seafront villa which was built around 1840 on a stunning private site overlooking Killiney Bay, and is considered to be one of Dublin's finest homes, boasting seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

Mansion

It is owned by businessman Alistair Tidey - a son of once kidnapped supermarket boss Don Tidey - who bought it in 1997 for €3.8 million (IR£3m) in an off-market deal, when it was then the most expensive home ever sold in Dublin.

Tidey is currently believed to be living in the Caribbean and the property is being let out by an agency.

Previous owners included bookmaker turned property investor Joe Donnelly, who squirrelled away a few acres of its gardens to develop an ultra-modern private art gallery, before selling the original house on about four acres to the late car dealer Pino Harris.

Mount Eagle is a classic granite mansion extending to 464sq m (5,000sq ft), decorated in a period style. Unlike many Dublin mansions of its calibre, it is completely unspoiled and devoid of any modern extensions.

The property also features an attractive two-storey converted coachhouse offering a gym, sauna and two additional bedrooms.

The property enjoys unparalleled privacy, uninterrupted views over Killiney Bay and acres of exquisite tiered grounds that comprise formal gardens, a swimming pool, tennis court, lawns and wooded walking trails.

Matt and his family previously arrived in Ireland in early March and left on May 28.

The actor paid over E1,000 a day for his stay at Ischia in Dalkey, which is nearly half of the E14,900 a week he's now paying for his new mansion in nearby Killiney.

But that should be no problem for the Oscar winning actor, who's worth a cool E150 million.

Property experts believe that if Mount Eagle was put on the market it would be pitched at around E20 million.

Father-of-four Matt decided to go ahead with plans to come to Ireland earlier this year despite the fact that The Last Duel's shoot here had been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The actor arrived just before lockdown in Ireland and managed to pop in to several stores and coffee shops in Dalkey. He was famously pictured with a Supervalu bag when he posed for a snap by the sea with fans.

Sauna

He was accompanied on jogs and strolls by celebrity bodyguard Basil Whelan, who has performed similar duties for various stars, most notably Niall Horan and Westlife. Whelan is again assigned to Matt during his new stay here.

Matt and his family were also guests of Bono and his wife Ali at their nearby mansion in Killiney as the stars are old friends. Mount Eagle is just a stone's throw away from Bono's home.

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The entrance to Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

The entrance to Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

The entrance to Mount Eagle property on Vico road, Killiney/Dalkey

Matt also has a live-in chef in his pad in Killiney during his quarantine.

He had previously rented Irvine's striking old pad in Dalkey, which had been up for rent on Airbnb for E1,000 a night. It had an additional E270 a night cleaning fee.

The 5,000 sq ft Ischia on Sorrento Road has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, living room, dining room, study, large games room and a pool area with bar feature. It also boasts a sauna, jacuzzi and plunge pool.

Matt is back in Ireland for Ridley Scott's The Last Duel. It also stars Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Killing Eve stunner Jodie Comer.

Shooting is due to take place in various parts of the country, including Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Tipperary.

It recently emerged that a crew of about 200 is currently being housed in the exclusive K Club resort in Co Kildare in preparation for the shoot.

Daughters

The feature film, based on Eric Jager's book of the same title, is set in medieval France and focuses on a dispute between a knight and a squire.

The screenplay was written by Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener.

Damon and Affleck famously won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting.

Matt has since set the screen alight in Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Departed and as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise.

Massachusetts born and raised, Matt married Argentinian actress Luciana Bozan Barossa in 2005, having first met her in 2003 in Miami while filming Stuck On You.

He has three daughters with Luciana - Isabella, Gia and Stella - who range in age from seven to 13, as well as 20-year-old stepdaughter Alexia with Luciana from a previous relationship she had.

Since 2012 they have been living in Los Angeles and previously lived in Miami and New York.

Matt has been an occasional visitor to Ireland and has expressed a dream of owning a home on the west coast.

"How awesome would that be?" he raved. "Watching the Atlantic crashing over the Irish cliffs, the rain coming down, the grey skies. I love the weather."

Souvenirs

But during most of his time in Ireland earlier this year the weather was sunny and pleasant.

The Sunday World caught up with Matt when he left Dublin in May, when he told us that he would "absolutely" return to shoot the movie.

He was laden down back then with souvenirs from his three month hiatus in Ireland, including several pieces of gym equipment.

Matt was taking no chances with the coronavirus pandemic when he sported an elaborate face mask as he set off on an 11 hour journey by private jet to Los Angeles.

He also politely signed a DVD copy of The Bourne Identity for our reporter.

When he arrived back in America Matt was reunited with his eldest daughter Alexia, who is living there, and had recovered from the coronavirus.

Matt's daughters are believed to be back with him again and as before, they are being home-schooled.

Irish Independent