Sneem man­sion seized from Dutch drug lord sold for €1.1m

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - BY SI­MON BROUDER

A VA­CANT Ring of Kerry man­sion that was once owned by a Dutch drugs baron has been sold at auc­tion for €1.1 mil­lion.

Glash­nacree House at Der­ryquin, a few miles from Sneem, was one of five Kerry lots in a BidX1 (for­merly All­sop) on­line auc­tion last Thurs­day.

The six bed­room Vic­to­rian man­sion - which was built in 1822 on the Park­nasilla es­tate - was pre­vi­ously of­fered for sale at an BidX1 auc­tion in early Oc­to­ber – with a re­serve price of €1.4 – mil­lion but at­tracted no bid­ders.

The price was sub­se­quently slashed with the lux­ury prop­erty of­fered for sale again last week with a sub­stan­tially re­duced re­serve price of €1,050,000 to €1,150,000.

At last Thurs­day’s the prop­erty was sold af­ter a sin­gle €1.1 mil­lion anony­mous bid was made for the man­sion.

The man­sion - on an eight hectare site that also boasts two guest cot­tages, sta­bles; ten­nis courts, an out­door swim­ming pool and its own small is­land - was seized from Dutch drug dealer Jan Hen­drik Ijpelaar by the Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau (CAB) in 2000.

Ijpelaar - who had bought the lux­ury Kerry prop­erty for £300,000 the pre­vi­ous year - was jailed in Hol­land in 1992 af­ter he was con­victed of lead­ing an or­gan­ised crime gang and the dis­tri­bu­tion of heroin, ec­stasy and hashish.

The Rot­ter­dam-based crim­i­nal was sen­tenced to six years in prison and was re­leased in 1997 hav­ing served five years.

Ijpelaar had been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Kerry from the late 1980s un­til his ar­rest in 1992 and, sup­pos­edly, he was orig­i­nally at­tracted to the Ken­mare area by its large Dutch ex­pat com­mu­nity.

Though a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor, he main­tained a low pro­file and he was rarely seen so­cial­is­ing in the area.

Gar­dai be­lieve he last vis­ited Glash­nacree House in 1997, soon af­ter his re­lease from jail.

It is thought that he spent sev­eral months there in 1992, prior to his ar­rest while in Hol­land for a fam­ily hol­i­day.

Dur­ing their High Court ac­tion to seize the prop­erty, CAB of­fi­cers said they be­lieved that Ijpelaar’s pur­chase of the man­sion was mo­ti­vated by the po­ten­tial for drug im­por­ta­tion via Ken­mare Bay.

Glash­nacree House on the out­skirts of Sneem, which was sold at a BidX1 auc­tion last week.

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