A home in Dalkey in has sold for nearly £2 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a house in Dublin.

The record sale price for the Dalkey home comes as auctioneers predict that house prices in Dublin will continue to rise.

House prices are still going up all over Dublin.

The Dalkey mansion 'Bartra' was built over 150 years ago as a summer villa by the Earl of Carysfort and is on a 2.5 acre site with panoramic views over Dublin Bay. The five bedroom property even has its own ballroom. The sale price was £1.95 million.

With 10,000 square feet of space it's now worth nearly £200 a square foot.

Tom Day Director of Lisney Auctioneers was not surprised that the house achieved such a price as it is very special.

The sale price is an indication of the direction that house prices in general are going. According to Mark FitzGerald of Sherry FitzGerald, house prices in the capital will have risen by as much as 18 per cent by the end of the year.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 October 1996. The reporter is Gareth O'Connor.