The house and its surrounding estate was sold by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in April 1999 for GBP£24 million without having purchased an alternative residence. In 2000 an alternative site was purchased at nearby Marlay Grange, close to Marlay Park.
The Ambassador continued to live at Glencairn while the Marlay Grange site was refurbished. A subsequent cost appraisal showed that it would in fact be more cost effective to repurchase Glencairn than to continue with plans to refurbish Marlay Grange, and in 2007 the British Government sold Marlay Grange, without ever having occupied it.
The sale of the land facilitated the acquiring of a railway corridor for an extension of the Luas Sandyford (Green) line to Cherrywood. It runs in front of the gate (see thumbnail) and gatehouse of the Ambassador's residence. It began operating in 2010 and a stop/station on the line is built near the gate. The stop is called Glencairn.
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