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Rory McIlroy's Home Goes On Sale For £2m
Golfer Rory McIlroy's home in Northern Ireland has gone on sale with a £2m asking price - fuelling speculation that he is considering moving abroad.
The five-bedroom property situated in the hills above Belfast in Moneyreagh, County Down, includes a practice area with a putting green and driving range.
There is also a gymnasium in an adjoining refurbished stone barn.
McIlroy shared the house - which is set in 14 acres and was built in 2006 - with long-time girlfriend Holly Sweeney before the relationship ended in 2011.
The world number one bought the property in 2009, but now spends most of his time overseas and is dating tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
Michael Rodgers, a partner at Rodgers & Brown estate agents which is handling the sale, said: "I would say interest in the house will be extremely good, both locally and potentially worldwide. We will have to wait and see."
The owner's perspective in the sale brochure reads: "I have really enjoyed living here. It is a really special place which has allowed me to relax and unwind - when I get time!
"With the privacy and seclusion of the location, it is hard to believe the house is only 25 minutes from Belfast city centre and City airport.
"The space the house offers is bright and airy and there are views over the gardens and the pond from most rooms. The house has always been busy with friends and family and has suited us on all occasions."
McIlroy sparked controversy in Northern Ireland and the Republic earlier this month when he indicated he would play golf for Team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has now put that decision on hold.
Mr Rodgers added: "Rory still has property interests in Northern Ireland. His mum and dad still live here."