Home of the Year Episode 7


In the penultimate episode the Hugh, Amanda and Sara visit a modern panoramic house in Dublin, an old shop conversion in Kilkenny and a city home with protected facade in Cork.

Shirley Coleman & Alan Coleman, Dublin

Shirley Coleman and Alan Coleman have created a modern panoramic house in North Co. Dublin. Shirley loves the contemporary and spacious interior of her family home and how the house echoes the modernist style, that of linking the indoor and the outdoor living spaces, she loves how it sits in the landscape with a view to the sea, enjoying panoramic views of both the sunrise and the evening setting sun.

Home of the Year Episode 6

Shirley Coleman

What the judges had to say:

Amanda felt there was a strong connection to the outdoors in this home that makes the best use of the site the house is built on and its stunning views, giving it 9/10. This score was also matched by Sara who admired the fact that the large open-plan space didn’t feel to clinical. Hugh scored the home 8/10, feeling that personality downstairs was lacking upstairs. Total score: 26/30.

Padraig & Gráinne Haughney, Kilkenny

Padraig and Gráinne Haughney live in this old shop conversion along with their three boys, in Kilkenny. Built in the 1820’s as a commercial property, it had been lying vacant for over 50 years before they purchased the premises and, over a three-year period, transformed it into a family home. As the shopfront is listed, it remained, but was restored along with other original characteristics including the high sloping ceilings, beam and tie bars. The family love the history of the property and how they have been able to turn it into a family home at the heart of the community.

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Padraig & Grainne Haughney

What the judges had to say:

Hugh felt that this home was a real gem and demonstrates the opportunities that exist in Ireland to create a unique living space giving it 10/10. Sara scored 8/10 as she wasn’t a fan of the homeowners use of colours throughout the home. Amanda felt this shop conversion was a brilliant example of what can be done with existing buildings, describing it as ‘brave and fascinating and scoring 8/10. Total score: 26/30.

Sinead Murphy, Cork

Sinead Murphy lives in a stylish city home with protected façade in Cork. When Sinead viewed the home it was in need of a full renovation but she fell in love with it. The building has a protected façade so the work was completed from within with the help of her dad. Sinead furnished the property with a mix of 70’s, Scandi and art deco furnishings inspired by her travels in New York. She loves how central and stylish her home is. It’s a place where she can people watch but also be away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Home of the Year Episode 7

Sinead Murphy

What the judges had to say:

Amanda gave this functional home that has ‘everything in its place and a place for everything’ 9/10. Hugh scored the same and felt that this home showed the transformations that can be achieved when you have a great eye for design. Sara gave full points and admired Sinead’s inspiring approach to design, attention to detail and playful aesthetic. Total score: 28/30, putting Sinead’s home through to the final!

Look back to Episode One here

Look back to Episode Two here

Look back to Episode Three here

Look back to Episode Four here

Look back to Episode Five here

Look back to Episode Six here

Photography: RTÉ/Shinawil 2021. Photography credit: Joe McCallion


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