Take five: Sea views in Donegal, a medieval village in Tuscany or a Scottish farmhouse

Town: 3 Clarence Mangan Square, Christchurch, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A Christchurch cul-de-sac terrace or a six-bed behemoth in Lettera

Peloponnese: three-bedroom house with balconies

Take5: Poitou-Charentes, Massa-Carrara, Peloponnese, Budapest and Newbridge

15B Metropolitan Apartments, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A one-bed apartment in Dublin 8 or a four-bed house in Ahascragh

Kalkan: uninterrupted views of the sea

Sea views in Kalkan and Krilo Jesenice, pools in Andalusia and Poitou-Charentes

22 The Hampton, Santry Cross, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Town&Country: Bright Ballymun two-bed or former pub on Kilcormac main street

Fagus Werk factory: designed by Bauhaus school co-founder Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer

100 years ago, the functional designs of Gropius and his followers first saw light

Playa Flamenca: this Spanish apartment includes use of a communal pool

Take5: Alicante apartment, period houses in Piedmont, Alto Alentejo and Lot-et-Garonne

Town: 25 Waterville Row, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Town&Country: Blanchardstown apartment or Durrus sea views with a third of an acre

Take Five: A five-bed bungalow in Clare or a grand colonial-style house in South Carolina

Town: 6 Hyacinth Street, North Strand, Dublin 3

Town&Country: A five-bedroom house in West Cork or a three-bed terrace in D3

€350,000: two-bedroom house with outdoor pool and two-bedroom pool house

Take5: An Alpine lodge, an Italian church, a Cyprus farmhouse or a Galway bungalow

France: A former presbytry, with many original features remaining

Take5: A bungalow in Annestown or a turreted pile with artist’s studio in the Loire

Town: 55 Handel House, Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

Town&Country: A two-bed in Rathfarnham or a refurbished ex-postal sorting office by Limerick Junction railway station

France: A renovated chambre d’hôtes near the village of Champniers-et-Reilhac village

Take 5: Traditional homes in Le Marche and the Dordogne, villas in Valencia and Machico

Town: 26 The Granary, Longs Place, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A smart two-bed in a converted building or a nine-bed in Bundoran


Take5: French four-bed, Spanish villa, Greek sea views and a Hungary apartment

Town: 5 Brackenwood Place, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Town&Country: a two-bed flat in Balbriggan or a three-bed with land in Carrickmacross


Take5: Limerick bungalow, French chateau, Italian farmhouse, Caribbean cliff-top and Thai villa

Corgar, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim - former B&B with eight bedrooms

A three bed in Glasnevin or an eight bed on the riverfront in Ballinamore

€379,500: six-bedroom Indre manor house

Take5: Lazio palazzo, Florida five-bed, Leiria villa, Loire Valley manor, Enfield four-bed

Town: 51 Beauvale Park, Artane, Dublin 5

Town&Country: A three-bed in Artane or a 3,000sq ft four-bed on an acre in Virginia

Bad Gastein, which is above the resort and town of Bad Hofgastein  in Gastein valley, Austria

A descent through powder on a wide gentle slope brings you to a small market in Kirchberg, where gluhwein turns this into a very m(...)

€44,995: ground-floor furnished apartment 250m from the Black Sea

Take5: Limousin pair, Black Sea apartment, Andalusian cave house, Clonmel cottage

55 Rialto Court, Rialto, Dublin 8; the apartment is on the ground floor

Town&Country: One-bed by Luas in Rialto or seaside three-bed with Bantry Bay views

€175,000: Douchapt house with outbuildings and 2ha of land

Dordogne home, Peloponnese tower house, Luce apartments, Apulia ‘trullo’, Carracastle three-bed

Town: 2 George’s Quay, Dublin 2

Town&Country: Two-bed flat opposite Liberty Hall or five-bed Rathvilly bungalow

€370,000: Alvito palazzo

Take5: Lazio palazzo, Picardie chateau, Catalan sea views, London flat, Killarney four-bed

Town: 6 Windmill Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Town&Country: Waterside cottage on Carlingford Lough or two-bed in Crumlin

€224,700: former mill house in Mareuil

Take5: Dordogne mill house, homes with pools in Andalusia and Dominican Republic, Liverpool terrace, Dunleer cottage

Town: 129 Castleland Court, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Town&Country: Balbriggan one-bed flat or Kinvara thatched cottage, both near the sea

In the commune of Neuvy Bouin, this house comes with outbuildings, including a barn, pig sties and stables.

Take Five: live farm in Italy, villa in Spain, a place in France or Romania or cottage in Mayo

Town: 50a Smithfield Market, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Town&Country: A two-bed in Smithfield or two houses side by side in Tallow for €395,000

Greece: €320,000 for this three-bedroom house in Mathes village, on Crete, with a pool and sea views

Take5: Pool homes in Crete, Tuscany and Auckland, Brittany pile, Fenit four-bed

Town: 63 Windmill Park, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Town&Country: Two-bed with shed in Crumlin or six-bed on an acre in Scarriff

Those who insist on an immaculate home have often had a chaotic existence as a child, and the obsessive need for order is their way of trying to control their world

The benefits of a tidy home are obvious but sometimes cleaning gets out of hand

Co Laois: €270,000 for this three-bedroom bungalow

Take5: Waterside in Pays de la Loire and Tenerife; the Tuscan hills; and modern Riga

Town: 22 St Canice’s Square, Finglas, Dublin 11

Town&Country: Castletown with outbuildings or Finglas one-bed

Turkey: this Cukurbag Peninsula villa with sea views has its own pool

Take5: Kalkan villa, eight-bed chateau, Malaga four-bed, Koh Samui villa, Glounthaune bungalow

Town: 24 Monksfield Court, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Town&Country: Clondalkin four-bed or six-bed detached near a lake

Take 5: Tocane-St-Apre village four-bed

Take 5: Dordogne four-bed, three-bed with pool in Aydin, New Ross three-bed with yard

59 Burnell Court, Northern Cross, Clarehall, Dublin 17

Town&Country: One bed apartment in Clarehall or a four-bed house in Ballinsloe

France Poitou Charentes

Take 5: An Antebellum house in Georgia, a restored farmhouse in Italy or a bungalow in Kildare

Sydney Opera House. From the film ‘An Engineer Imagines’

New film ‘An Engineer Imagines’ explores the work of the boundary-pushing Peter Rice

64 Neagh Road, Terenure, Dublin 6

A house on a tree-lined Dublin road, or one with pool, pizza oven and gym in Co Louth

Greece: this modern white house in the Peloponnese has a good balance of balconies and terraces

Take 5: Adjoining apartments, a golf-resort villa, an olive grove, or a four bed in Menlo

A two-bedroom apartment in Swords is on the market for €239,000

Town & Country: A two-bed in Swords or a house with church and orchard in Hollymount

The Sliding Chapel in Byblos, Lebanon, was built in collaboration with an international team from Meeting of Design Students (Meds)

Kieran Donnellan’s 5sq m Sliding Chapel, in Lebanon, is perfect for contemplation

An aubergine cabinet adds colour in the kitchen and picks up on the plum theme throughout the house. Photograph: Matteo Tuniz

After a long stint abroad, it was time to put down roots in a classic comfortable redbrick

Casa Marinella, in the Brancoli region of Italy, comes with a hectare of land dotted with olive trees

Take 5: Stone houses in Lucca and Limousin, apartments in Valencia and Bodrum

Town: 12 Ardbeg Road, Artane, Dublin 5

Town&Country: A three-bed in Artane or a four-bed former school near Kenmare

Dublin Road, Kingscourt, Co Cavan

Take Five: a stone house in France, an apartment in Berlin, a six-bed finca in Murcia, or a four/five bed in Kingscourt, Cavan

6 The Richmond, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Town&Country: A house by the beach near Rosscarbery or a one-bed in Dublin

Take Five: a slice of a French hamlet, a five-bed in Florida, or a three bed in Athlone

15 Park View, Rathborne, Ashtown, Dublin 15

Town & Country: a duplex in Ashtown or a six bed in Urlingford for €300k

Take Five: costal and traditional in Portugal and Italy or a two bed in Roscommon

Curraheen, Rosscarbery, Co Cork

Town & Country: A one-bed in Ballymun or a cottage near the sea in Rosscarbery

Take Five: a private Bulgarian chapel, French village life, a three-bed in Killarney

Town & Country: 109 Block 1, Bellevue, Islandbridge, Dublin 8

Town & Country: a two-bed in Islandbridge or a farm on 21 acres in Co Longford

George Town, the capital of Grand Cayman. Photograph: iStock

Chasing sharks, cuddling stingray, riding bareback in the warm sea, the Caribbean islands offer an exhilarating escape

A two-bedroom bungalow on Putland Road, Bray

Take Five: a Manhattan studio, views of Lake Como or a two bed-in Bray

Cois Laoi, Dromanallig, Ballingeary, Co Cork

Town and Country: An apartment in Tallaght or a farmhouse in Co Cork for €175,000

Take Five: a period home in the Pyrenees, a pied a terre in Edinburgh or a three bed in Mallow?

Three-bedroom house on just over half an acre in Ballina, Co Mayo

Take Five: A refurbished three-bed in Poitou-Charentes or a Ballina three-bed

A two-bedroom house in poor condition in Ringsend.

Town and Country: a two-bed with no kitchen in Ringsend or a four-bed in Rahara, Roscommon

This maison de maître in the Loire region of France has four large bedrooms and sits on a third of an acre

Take 5: properties in Valencia, Rome, Koh Samui, the Vendée and Bishopstown

A home for sale in Ballybeg, Ennis, Co Clare

Town & Country: A five-bed near Ennis, or a suburban semi-D in Dublin 13

This period farmhouse is surrounded by fields in Lazio, south of Rome in Italy.

Take Five: Dordogne retreat, Lazio farmhouse, Algarve villa, Glin four-bed

Laragh, Ballintubber, Co Roscommon

Town & Country: A 300-year-old near Castlerea or a two-bed in Lucan

Three-bed in Douglas, Co Cork, for €365,000

Take Five: Properties in Paphos, Limousin, Valencia, Brixton and Douglas

48 The Crescent, Fortfield Square, Terenure, Dublin 6w

Town & Country: A one-bed apartment in Terenure or a big Swinford four-bed with waterfall


Sea views, an embassy belt flat, a heritage building or a bungalow in Cloghroe

97 The Maltings, Bonham Street, Dublin 8

Town & Country: a studio apartment in The Maltings or a former school in Co Monaghan

Side-by-side houses an hour from Bordeaux, a hunting lodge in Basilicata or a three bed terrace in Dundalk

14 Belfield Park, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Town and Country: An apartment in Belfield or a house on 1.4 acres with artist’s studio?

A two-bedroom apartment in Galway

Take Five: A chalet in France, a studio apartment in Brooklyn or a two bed apartment on the outskirts of Galway

Two-bed apartment in Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10

Town & Country: a two-bed apartment beside Liffey Valley or a thatched cottage near Lough Derg

Take Five: A penthouse with panoramic views of Barcelona or a bungalow in Duleek?

12 An Gleib, Trim Road, Ballivor, Co Meath

Town & Country: A two-bed top floor apartment in Portmarnock or a former showhouse in Meath

Breffni O’Kelly, right, with her friend, Eva Byrne. Photograph: Philip Lauterbach

Professional house hunter Breffnie O'Kelly finds homes for people relocating to Dublin. When it came to renovating a home for hers(...)

Take Five: A 19th-century convent, an Istrian villa near the beach, a Tuscan farmhouse with pool or a three bed in Daingean

Four-bed in Clondalkin has been thoughtfully renovated

Town & Country: A Clondalkin four-bed or a Wexford house with castle and water views

Gordon and Maggie Kelley with their children Gordie and Penny Bell, at their house built from shipping containers in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

It's time for the public to vote in the annual RIAI’s Public Choice Award. This year’s shortlisted homes feature lots of brick, ei(...)

Take Five: Wicklow, Poitou Charentes, Le Marche, Alicante and Mugla

The one-bed apartment in Clontarf has    views across Dublin Bay from Howth to Dalkey Island

Town & Country: A one-bed apartment in Clontarf or a four-bed with gym in Loughrea

Take Five: A villa in Spain, a stone house on a Greek island or a four-bed in Listowel

Town and Country: A north Dublin one-bed or a Ballybofey four-bed

Take Five: Properties in Keelogues, Fethiye, Crete, Poitou-Charentes and Andalusia

56 Tory Square, Waterville, Blanchardstown: very close to Connolly Hospital and a 10-minute walk from Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

Terraced townhouse in Blanchardstown or Galway period home

Villas in Italy, France and Mexico, or a bungalow in Clonmel

45 Burnell Square, Northern Cross, Clarehall, Dublin 17

Town & Country: An apartment in Clarehall or an old schoolhouse in Athea?

Take Five: Rosscahill, Brindisi, Valencia, Florida and Pyrénées – take your pick

64 Thornfield Square, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Town & Country: An apartment in Clondalkin or a three-bed with mountain views in Limerick

Italy: House in the village of Santa Cristina, 22km from Perugia

Take Five: A four bed in Carrick-on-Shannon or homes with pools in Italy, France and Spain

Town and Country: A Kilmainham apartment or a four-bed in Cashel

 Aoibhann Byrne with her children, Cathal, Luke and Éabha, at their home in Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This house had plenty of space but felt cluttered, until interior designer Ruth Noble cleared the way

Just 15m from the sea in the historical, red-roofed city of Sibenik, this house is north of Split, in central Dalmatia

Take Five: A cottage in Renvyle or a five-bedroom mansion in Dordogne

Four-bedroom house for sale in Leitrim village, Co Leitrim

Town and Country: An apartment in Malahide or four-bed with sauna in Leitrim village

Take Five: A bungalow in Kilflynn or a house with sea views on a Greek island

A home for sale on Kilminchy Avenue, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Town and Country: An apartment in Park West or a five-bed house in Portlaoise

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