Dermot Bannon

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 Paul Howard at home in Avoca, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke

“I stayed at home for a long, long time. I think I was about 25 or 26,” says Ross O’Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard about his reluctance to leave hi(...)

Dolly Alderton, journalist author and podcaster chats about her London home

“It’s my place of creation. It’s a total sanctuary, and more and more, it’s my nightclub. It’s where I socialise,” says Dolly Alderton, about her Lond(...)

John Boyne pictured in his renovated home in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Safety and security. Yeah, they’re the most important things to me”, says Irish author John Boyne, about what the word home means to him. “When I ma(...)

 Marian at her home in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“I suppose I’m one of those people with very kitsch tastes,” says Marian Keyes, describing her interior decorating style. “Anything that looks like a(...)

Patricia and Tom McDonagh  in their kitchen in Portmarnock, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/ The Irish Times

If Patricia McDonagh has a claim to fame it’s that she once advised Dermot Bannon to steer clear of a career in architecture. She was a guidance couns(...)

The costs of renovating or extending a home have risen sharply in recent years. Photograph: Getty

It’s the perennial challenge – that even the Government has struggled with in its plans for the national children’s hospital – how do you bring a buil(...)

Illustrator/ scientist/ writer Maria Boyle  at her home in Glasnevin. Photograph: Alan Betson

For most mothers, pregnancy and motherhood are heady brews of excitement and anticipation and, often, loneliness. And, as illustrator/cartoonist/scien(...)

There is: Room to Improve, The Great House Revival, Home of the Year, and now Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Houses. At the same time on the same channels, the same organisations report on our crisis in housing.  Photograph: Eric Luke

We are living in an extreme state of cognitive dissonance in Ireland of late. The dissonance - a tension between two contradictory ideas - is apparen(...)

In Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes, he’s touring the world to look at other people’s fab houses

Dermot Bannon has done the State some service, of that there’s no doubt. His long-running TV series, Room to Improve, did more than anything else to w(...)

Only people on Instagram  use their coffee tables for storing books. For everyone else, they’re a place to put remote controls, piles of laundry and feet

The Coca Cola Christmas truck came to town a couple of weeks ago. I was dimly aware of its presence, due to the some 1,537 people who told me it was c(...)

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