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

This house in the Italian hill village of Pietranico will set you back €50,000

Take Five: A terrace house in Boherbue or an oasis in the Majella mountains

11 Bellevue, on Cookstown Road in Tallaght; and O’Connell Street, Kilkee,

Town and Country: An apartment in Tallaght or a house near the sea in Kilkee

Take Five: A four-bedroom house in Bettystown or a resort hotel in Indonesia

The Heath, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Town and Country: A two-bed in Dún Laoghaire or a five-bed on its own land in Tipperary

Two-bed D9 apartment has a sunroom studio with great light and a garden

This two-bedroom villa in  Antalya, Turkey, has its own pool

A bungalow in Lifford, Co Donegal or homes in Egypt, France, Italy and Turkey?

An apartment in north Dublin or a former school in Co Kerry?

ERA Downey McCarthy is seeking €225,000 for this three-bedroom house on 0.5 acre at Lisnahorna, White’s Cross, Co Cork

Take Five: A three-bed in Co Cork is the same price as a villa with pool on Koh Samui

Town and Country: A five-bed in Dingle or a cottage in Phibsborough

This three-bedroom stone house, in Lunigiana, north of Florence and west of Bologna, embraces a courtyard. Price: €149,000

Take Five: A view of a Turkish lake and mountains or a semi-detached in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Oikoseen House, Bailick, Midleton, Co Cork was a home for many years before going into commercial use

Town and Country: A three-bed in Drumcondra, Co Dublin or a large 18th century house on the waterfront in Co Cork

Take Five: A four-bed in Maynooth, a five-bed in France or sea views in Turkey

The two-storey farmhouse is off the Abbeyleix to Ballyroan Road, about 1.5m miles from Abbeyleix and a mile from Ballyroan

Town and Country: House with 3.5 acres near Abbeyleix, Co Laois, or an apartment in Tallaght, Dublin

Andalusia, Spain: In the cave village of Bacor, inland from Almeria, price: €75,000

Take Five: A two-bedroom bungalow in Kerry or a cave house in Spain?

An apartment in Dublin 11 or a period house in Co Wicklow

Take Five: A four bed in Kerry or a tea and coffee estate in Sri Lanka?

Town and Country: An apartment in Dublin 16 and a house along the Wild Atlantic Way

Take Five: a three-bed in Co Cork or a villa with swimming pool in Turkey

Kilwarden Court, Clondalkin, Dublin (L) and Seanmhara, Muckinish, Co Clare

Town and Country: An apartment in Clondalkin, or a house on a peninsula with a castle in Clare

Sherry FitzGerald Sherry is seeking €399,999 for this four-bedroom house in Rathfeigh, Tara, Co Meath

Take Five: A four-bed in Tara, a villa in Spain or sea views in Saint Vincent?

43 Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

A former rectory on 10 acres near Kilkenny or a crazy paved house in D8

A villa with a pool, a jazzed-up studio apartment and a 1920s Italian house with traditional features

Carrignacurra Castle, Inchigeelagh, Co Cork

A fixer-upper castle in Cork or an open-plan bungalow close to Clondalkin Village

Take Five: a sea view in Wicklow, a game of golf in Algarve or maybe tennis in Thailand?

Thatched cottage: Geeha, Doorus, Kinvara, Co Galway

Town and country: Beside the sea in Kinvara or near Phoenix Park in Dublin

Barney Kiernan Auctioneers and Valuers is seeking €195,000 for this four-bedroom bungalow on a third of an acre in Breaffy, Castle(...)

Country living four-bedroom home on 0.9 of an acre, or a sparser city landscape could be yours

La Meyze, Haute Vienne, France. Price: €299,950 Agent:

Take Five: a bungalow in Carrigaline, or a villa on the Greek island of Rhodes

The two-bed house in Knockoura, Castletownbere, Co Cork sits on 2 acres of land

A Dublin apartment and a house on land in Castletownbere cost the same

26 Rockboro Heights, Waterpark, Carrigaline, Co Cork

A three-bedroom house in Co Cork or amazing views in Tuscany

46 Ardmore Drive, Artane. At the back is a self-contained extension

A five-bed by the sea in Miltown Malbay or a four-bed in Artane

30 Portersfield, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

A two-bed apartment near Blanchardstown, or a large four-bed in Claremorris, Co Mayo

Partially built house on half an acre at Hornhill, Lissarda, Macroom, Co Cork

Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion is seeking €99,000 for this three-bed, partially built house on half an acre at Hornhill, Lissarda, Mac(...)

An apartment in Kilmainham, Dublin, or a five-bed house in Tipperary

REA Seamus Carthy is seeking €175,000 for this traditional-style four-bedroom house with outbuildings and 0.7 acres of land in Castleplunkett, Co Roscommon.

The sum will buy you a four-bedroom house with 0.7 acres of land in Castleplunkett

A three bed in Meath Gaeltacht or a two-bed apartment in Tallaght

Varna, Bulgaria

Take Five: Five properties for the same price

The Gasworks apartments on Barrow Street, Dublin 4, designed by OMP Architects.

Architect James Pike, who designed some of the best-known blocks of the boom, says Dublin needs to grow up, not out

Stone house near Foki beach in Kefalonia, Greece

Take five: A four bed in Offaly or a stone house with views to Ithaka in Greece

James Pike. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

O’Mahony Pike architect worked on Mount St Anne’s, Hanover Quay and Adamstown

Town and Country: A period house in Waterford or a duplex near the beach in Rush

Château in Giat, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne, France

DNG Tormey Lee is seeking €350,00 for a three-bed bungalow in Co Meath

When the doors fold back the garden comes into this Clontarf house.

It took a daring design linking garden and house to get planning permission

The first-floor, two-bedroom apartment at 19 Brookwood Abbey, Artane, Dublin 5.

An apartment in Artane, Dublin, or a five-bed in Co Wexford

Sean Furey Auctioneers is seeking €150,000 for a four-bed in Co Donegal

Five-bedroom house at Cashel Road, Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary

A Dublin 8 apartment or a five-bedroom house in Tipperary

Sea-front apartment near Byala, Varna, Bulgaria

We compare a two-bed bungalow with homes in Varna, Valencia and Dordogne

Four-bedroom house on 0.9 acres near Raphoe, Co Donegal

A four-bedroom house in Donegal or a one-bed in Donabate, Dublin

Four-bed with swimming pool in Gers, Midi Pyrenees, France

We compare a Co Louth four-bed bungalow with a selection of foreign choices

Glynsk, Cashal, Co Galway

Town and Country: A house by the sea or a cottage in Glasnevin near Botanic Gardens

Valencia, Spain

We compare a Co Kilkenny four-bed bungalow with a selection of foreign choices

Joe McCullough:  enthusiasm for the new in the capital, with a recognition of Dublin’s past gems

Engineer who was passionate about Dublin

Eight-bedroom house with three acres of land in Boyle, Co Roscommon

A Georgian pile in Roscommon or a one-bed in Clarehall, Dublin 17

Eight-bedroom house in Callac, Brittany, France

From a quirky beachfront home in the Caribbean to a one-bed in London to a bungalow in Ashbourne

The old  school master residence  in Geevagh, Co Sligo,   has two living rooms with original wood floors and fireplaces in marble and wrought iron

An apartment in Dublin or a school master’s house in Sligo

Four-bedroom house in Taylorstown, Athlone, Co Roscommon

We compare a Co Roscommon four-bed bungalow with a range of exotic choices

This four-bed house of  121sq m  has land on three sides

Corner four-bed in Artane and a five-bed on an acre at the foot of Mount Leinster

From a two-bed requiring renovation in Co Laois to a villa with sea views in Turkey

Three-bed house in the village of Bonniconlon, Ballina, Co Mayo

A two-storey house with countryside views and a three-bed in a cul de sac

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