Divorcee tries to sell her house on YouTube

31 Mar 2011

A Wicklow divorcee is trying to sell a country mansion that was worth €1.4m three years ago for €500,000 on YouTube.

Jillian Godsil, the managing director of PR firm Practice PR, put the story-boarded video on YouTube yesterday, showing the transformation of the Shillelagh-based mansion Raheengraney House from a rundown state to its present pristine condition.

“It cost the guts of €400,000 to do it up. We had the dream house in the country and the kids but then things changed and unfortunately the divorce hit around the same time as the recession,” she told Siliconrepublic.com

“I got an offer in 2008 for €1.1m for the house but then the buyer pulled out and a lot of offers dried up.

“We have gotten a lot of viewings but it was the wrong time and its value kept sliding.”

Turning views into viewings

Godsil’s plight wasn’t helped by her husband declaring bankruptcy. “It seems that in Ireland when men such as Sean Fitzpatrick go bankrupt the wives become rich. Unfortunately, my husband gave the debt to me.”

Since putting the house on YouTube Godsil says she hasn’t received any offers so far, but the video has achieved around 400 views.

“My hope is to turn the views into viewings. It’s early days. I hope this goes viral,” she says hopefully.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years