The Story of Home, the award-winning print, video and digital series sponsored by Ulster Bank is back for a second series and launching this weekend in The Irish Times Saturday Magazine with the story of Co Clare based chef Niamh Fox and knife maker Sam Gleeson.
Designed to inspire people searching for their first home, it features individuals and families around Ireland telling their very personal Story of Home, outlining the passion that drove them to find their dream place to live.
“One of the first major steps in creating your own story of home is getting a mortgage,” explains Rachel Roche, a mobile mortgage manager with Ulster Bank.
“In this series we want to help with that and to help people consider the role of their homes at the very earliest stage so they can create a home that reflects their own story perfectly.”
Last year’s series was a big hit with Irish Times readers and went on to win the Global Media Award for Best Execution of Native Content from INMA, the International News Media Association, in Washington in May. The category win is awarded to a publisher that has demonstrated the highest standard in story telling, business approach and measurable results on a native advertising campaign and entries were judged by an international panel of 50 executives from 20 countries .
Season one featured six Irish designers talking about how their work in textiles, lighting, furniture and ceramics shapes their own idea of home and indeed how they choose to live. This year, the series features a wider pool of stories from people such as chefs, writers, architects, business people, illustrators and more. It strives to tell a very Irish story about the ambition each of us have for our own homes by finding inspiring stories of success.