Man charged with arson at Limerick City period home

Darren Holland (41) who was today charged one count of arson at Tir Chonaill, Ennis Road. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

A MAN appeared in court today (Thursday) charged with an arson attack on a period house at an illustrious address in Limerick City.

Darren Holland (41), formerly of Moyross but without a current fixed abode, appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court sitting in Ennis, Co Clare.

Mr Holland was charged with one count of arson at Tir Chonaill, Ennis Road, Limerick City, on April 4, 2023.

Gardaí were alerted to a fire at the early 19th century three-storey, red-brick, semi-detached property, at approximately 9.40pm, last Tuesday night.

The fire spread to an adjoining property, causing significant damage. No injuries were reported.

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The fire sparked a major response by firefighters attached to fire and rescue services Limerick, Cappamore, and Clare.

Tir Chonaill sold in 2020 for €800,000, and again in 2022 for €525,000, according to online records.

Garda Ronan Humphreys, of Mayorstone Garda Station, told the court that investigating Gardaí arrested Mr Holland in the early hours of Wednesday morning, April 5.

Mr Holland’s solicitor, Sarah Ryan, said the accused was not immediately seeking bail.

Judge Mary Cashin remanded Mr Holland in custody to Limerick Prison, to appear before Limerick District Court via video-link next Wednesday, April 12.