Has an­other Rooney put down roots on is­land?

Buyer’s name on deed for 239 Emer­ald Lane matches that of Steel­ers founder’s grand­son.

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY -

Agrand­son of the late Pitts­burgh Steel­ers founder Art Rooney ap­pears to have paid more than $5 mil­lion for a home on the North End of Palm Beach, a town where the Rooney fam­ily has deep roots.

At­tor­ney Ti­mothy J. Rooney Jr., who helps run his fam­ily’s Em­pire City Casino at Yonkers Race­way in New York, is most likely the buyer who re­cently paid $5.4 mil­lion for a house at 239 Emer­ald Lane, ac­cord­ing to the deed recorded at the Palm Beach County Clerk’s of­fice. Rooney’s name matches the buyer’s on the doc­u­ment.

Rooney’s fa­ther is Art Rooney’s son, Ti­mothy J. Rooney Sr., who is pres­i­dent of the casino and for sev­eral decades has shared a home in Palm Beach with his wife, June. Rooney Sr.’s brother, Arthur J. Rooney Jr., and his wife, Kath­leen, known as Kay, also have a home in Palm Beach. The Rooney fam­ily’s busi­ness in­ter­ests in­clude own­er­ship of the Palm Beach Ken­nel Club in West Palm Beach.

The seller of the five-bed­room house on Emer­ald Way was Whit­ney Ge­orge, who acted as trus­tee of the Mal­lory De­scen­dants’ Trust, based in Darien, Con­necti­cut, ac­cord­ing to the deed recorded in early June. The house had been in the Mal­lory fam­ily since 1999, when stock and se­cu­ri­ties bro­ker­age ex­ec­u­tive T. Downs Mal­lory and his wife, Barbara, paid $1.75 mil­lion for it, prop­erty records show.

With 7,233 square feet of liv­ing space, in­side and out, the house was built in 1950, prop­erty records show. Its lay­out in­cludes a li­brary and an up­dated kitchen off the great room, which over­looks the pool area. That’s

Dar­rell Hofheinz

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