Dermot Bannon

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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(...)

Hits of 2018: Cant's Cope Won't Cope, Finding Joy, Taken Down, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip,   Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me and  Young Offenders

What are you looking at? It’s a question that’s been keeping television station bosses up at night for another year, receiving reports of an ever-dwi(...)

 Minister of State for Housing Damien English said his department was  exploring policy options for the housing of older people. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Older people need better housing options so they can “rightsize” their accommodation to suit their changing needs, according to Minister of State for (...)

Architect Dermot Bannon helps launch Vodafone Ireland’s Vodafone Gigabit Broadband campaign. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

By his own admission, and despite a reputation for creating homes that meet most modern-day needs, Dermot Bannon is something of a Luddite. He’s not, (...)

the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

As you’ll know unless you’ve spent the last few weeks sequestered in a beehive hut on Puffin Island, the pope is due to touch down in Ireland at 10.30(...)

RTÉ’s new season launch: (from L) Ryan Tubridy, Laura Whitmore, Bernard O’Shea, Ray D’Arcy, Jennifer Zamparelli, Amy Huberman, Brendan O’Connor, Doireann Garrihy, Tommy Tiernan, Kathryn Thomas, Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry, Joanne Cantwell and Nicky Byrne. Photograph: Collins

“You need sunglasses coming in here,” said one of the invitees to RTÉ’s new season launch. It wasn’t the celebrity star wattage that did it, not this (...)

The kitchen is not just a place to make breakfast; it’s an extension of our personalities, our bank balances and our tastes. Photograph: Getty Images

In my younger years, I could take or leave kitchens. The only appliances that got any kind of strenuous workout in my homes were the kettle and microw(...)

When considering the purchase of a second-hand home, bring along a general builder, seasoned carpenter or professional snagger, to assess the property. Photograph: Getty Images

House-hunting in the second-hand market can often feel like a game of Russian roulette: should you walk away from that musty 1950s semi-D with cracked(...)

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