Tuesday 28 February 2017

In Pictures: Inside the enviable houses of Ireland's rich and famous

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

While some certainly proved that money can’t always buy taste, others were so stylish they awakened envy deep in our bellies.
While some certainly proved that money can’t always buy taste, others were so stylish they awakened envy deep in our bellies.
Brian and Amy purchased a fixer-upper in Dublin's Rathmines
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman recently purcheds a home for €1.95m in Rathmines
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman recently purcheds a home for €1.95m in Rathmines
Lorraine Keane in the hallway of her Monkstown home
Lorraine Keane: The kitchen is from Customtone, Crumlin, Co Dublin, run by brothers Paul and Philip Malone.
Lorraine Keane: Lorraine and her family spend their evenings relaxing in the first-floor living room. She chose a more traditional design to make the room feel warm, cosy and inviting.
Sybil Mulcahy in the spacious kitchen, which came complete with a Wedgwood-blue Aga. She updated the style of the kitchen by having the area behind the Aga tiled. She also had all the beech units painted and added pieces like the high-backed stools from DFS.
Sybil Mulcahy: The elegant hall struck Sybil the first time she saw the house. “We walked in, the fire was lighting, it was all lovely and we thought, ‘oh holy, no way would we be able to afford this’”
Sybil Mulcahy: A bedroom in the south Dublin home of Sybil Mulcahy
Marian Keyes in her drawing room. She's sitting on a sofa which she bought with her first royalty cheque. It's covered in Designers Guild fabric. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Marian Keyes: The Poggenpohl kitchen in Marian Keyes's house is pristine, as, according to her, she and Tony only cook simple meals. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Marian Keyes: Another view of the drawing room to the front; the mantelpiece is not original to the house.
Sonya Lennon: The decor in Sonya’s living room was inspired by the Tom Ford-directed film ‘A Single Man’.
Sonya Lennon: The master bedroom, with graphic prints by Donald Judd and bed linen by Paul Costelloe Living.
Sonya Lennon: The dining room.
Adele Condron-King, aka Twink, at her home in Knocklyon, Dublin Photo: Tony Gavin
Adele King (Twink): Another fairytale bedroom in Knocklyon
Adele King (Twink): The entrance hallway in Knocklyon
Moya Doherty (59) and John McColgan (70) are believed to have made in excess of €89m from the global domination of Riverdance
Moya Doherty (59) and John McColgan (70): Danes Hollow is on the market for €9.5m through Ganly Walters. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015
Moya Doherty (59) and John McColgan (70): Danes Hollow is on the market for €9.5m through Ganly Walters. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015
Eilish O'Carroll is selling her cottage in Castletownshend, Co. Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/6/2016
Eilish O'Carroll: The living room in the cottage at Castletownshend, Co Cork
Eilish O'Carroll at her cottage in Castletownshend, Co. Cork. Dining room. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/6/2016
Darren Kennedy in his Dublin home
Darren Kennedy: “My partner Aidan painted a couple of the bigger canvas paintings so they take pride of place for obvious reasons. I've also lots of framed pictures of family which are very important to me.”
Darren Kennedy with his dog Harry in his Dublin home

Whether you love them or hate them, it can be difficult to pass up the opportunity to have a snoop through the homes of Ireland’s rich and famous.

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