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Tara House - The Family Home

This is "Tara House", 14 Castlehill Road, Belfast where my father, mother and my brother Freddie were living when my father died suddenly in 1972. "Tara House" was a magnificent mansion situated in the Belmont area of Belfast. This elegant property became the property of my brother Freddie on the death of our father. Charles Gilpin, a millionaire businessman, a director of the Northern Bank and associated with the Northern Ireland Industrial Bank in Bangor, was well-known to our family and persuaded my elderly widowed mother to put her affairs into the hands of his solicitors, Tughan & Company, and directly into the care of one solicitor employed by Tughan & Company, Herbert Wright, who was later struck off the list of solicitors and received a suspended jail sentence for professional misconduct. While this mansion was sold for about one third of its value, the dwelling my mother and brother were put to live in was purchased with Freddie's money at double its value. This conduct has been acceptable to the Official Solicitors and the RUC.

The Andrews' family home

Mr. Gilpin told our mother (wrongfully) that she could not afford the upkeep of "Tara House" and persuaded her to take Freddie to live in a house at 4 Norwood Gardens, Belfast. This contention has been deemed to be correct by Official Solicitors. Here are four photographs of the condition of the property at 4 Norwood Gardens, Belfast that our mother and Freddie were put into by Mr. Gilpin.

Inside 4 Norwood Gardens Bathroom damp in 4 Norwood Gardens Rotten garage at 4 Norwood Gardens Broken bath at 4 Norwood Gardens

This house was in a very run-down condition and had been let out to various tenants. It was very damp with paper hanging off the walls. The bath was badly cracked and roughly repaired. The garage structure was even rotting.