Neale O’Briens home furnishments and dining room have been purchased by a British businessman, a family friend has said.
The retired Ulsterman’s father-in-law, Alan O’Neill, who is also a former rugby union player, bought Neale’s home and the family’s dining room at Castlebar from the Irish company Neale Furniture for £2.5 million in March, the Sunday People reported.
O’Neill has said the purchase will help ease his financial stress after losing his job as a security guard at the end of last year.
He told the newspaper: “It’s been a difficult time for me, and I have spent the last year and a half looking after my family.”
We will be at our best and the next couple of months will be spent doing the best that we can for them.
“A source close to the family said: “We have been very fortunate.
The whole family has supported us throughout the years and have been a real support system for us.
“It’s not just us, it’s our family, it makes us all very proud.”
O’Brien was born in Belfast in 1958.
He became a star in Irish rugby league, winning the league’s golden boot in 1993.
He won two titles with Ulster, and two more with the Scarlets.
O”Briins home and dining rooms will be available to the public once they have been acquired by a private party.