In Pictures: Inside the enviable houses of Ireland's rich and famous
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.
Over the years, Independent.ie has brought our readers over the threshold and right into the homes of Irish celebrities, scratching that voyeuristic itch ingrained in so many of us. While some certainly proved that money can’t always buy taste, others were so stylish they awakened envy deep in our bellies. So, shamelessly take another opportunity to take a second tour through these celeb abodes.
Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll
Location: Rathmines, South Dublin
Ireland’s golden couple have recently signed a deed to their new home in Dublin’s Rathmines, which they bought for €1.95m earlier this year. Amy and Brian will have a big renovation job on their hands, as the property is currently divided into three apartments.
Speaking of the move, Amy admitted the family is excited to embark on the new project.
"I was actually on a walk with my cousin around that area and we weren’t even looking to move, it was all a bit of an accident," she said.
"It is a really pretty old, old house and we kind of went for it. It needs a bit of TLC but I love it."
"It’ll be fun but it’ll be a lot of work."
Location: Monkstown, Co. Dublin
Telly presenter Lorraine Keane lives in red-brick terraced house in Dublin’s Monkstown with her husband Peter Devlin and their daughters Emelia (12) and Romy (9). When the pair purchased the home in 2003, it was a “real wreck” divided into eight flats and a complete renovation was needed.
"The key thing to do with interiors is to have your background and base as neutral as possible, and then you can change your soft furnishings very easily and at less expense."
"I like antiques but not lots of them. I think one or two pieces in a room can be enough, because they can be very imposing and they're usually quite large and heavy."
Location: South Dublin
Editor and TV presenter Sybil Mulcahy lives in South Dublin with her husband John Prendeville and their three children Hugh, Genevieve and Michael. The family moved into their new abode in 2014, and Sybil said it’s exceeded all of her expectations.
"We didn't realise how big it really is, or that we now had a huge garden - there are trees that are so big they should be in the Phoenix Park," she said.
Location: Fairview, North Dublin
Marian and her husband Tony live in the same south Dublin home they purchased when they returned home from the UK 19 years ago. The home - a double-fronted period house- is a reflection of the author herself full of colour, mainly pink and purple.
"I wanted to create a Victorian feel, a feeling of Gothic, I wanted foliage, flowers, opulence and unapologetic mixing of patterns.”
"I feel it's dated but I love it. I'm the one who has to live with it and I love living in it."
Location: South Dublin
Sonya Lennon lives in her “colourful dream house” with her partner, graphic designer David Smith, and their twins Evie and Finn. The couple purchased the home in 2003, and a large renovation ensued, stripping out the property to transform it into the warm family home it is today.
"I think our homes are always an extension of our personal style.”
"Both myself and Dave are creatives, so it wasn't about choosing the safest option, it was about making a statement we could live with and that suited the space as well."
"I absolutely love it.”
Twink (Adele King)
Location: Knocklyon, Dublin
It’s been the home at the centre of headlines for years and Adele King has finally pulled the curtain on her Knocklyon home now on the market for €1.2m. The Georgian mansion is the one she shared with estranged husband David Agnew and their daughters.
"It breaks my heart. This was my dream home of more than 20 years. I fought tooth and nail to hold on to it, I really did. But now I have to accept the fact that it's being sold," said the former singer, stage actor and pantomime queen.
"I still find myself breaking down and crying at having to leave. I have actually been looking around at other houses - I haven't decided yet where we're going - and the funny thing is that many vendors have talked to me and told me that they're selling for the exact same reason I am."
Moya Doherty and John McColgan
Location: Howth, Dublin
Earlier this year, the co-founders of Riverdance placed their idyllic north Dublin home, Danes Hollow, on the market for €9.5m. The pair, who is estimated to be worth €89m, purchased the one-acre seaside site in 1997, and purchased a further 2.3 acres on which they built their dream home.
The property boasts an impressive garden, with sandstone steps linking the outside with the in, and an orangery to make the most of the sun, when it decides to make an appearance.
Location: Toe Head, Castletownshend, West Cork
Earlier this year Mrs. Brown’s Boys star Eilish O’Carroll placed her West Cork home on the market, crediting the cottage for “saving” her life in 2000.
Just a few kilometres from Castletownshend, Eilish renovated the little house, re-roofing, re-plumbing and re-insulating to make it the perfect escape.
"That house saved my life, literally saved my life at a time when I had nothing."
"It was at a time in my life when I was running away to hide. And this was an amazing hideaway, this was like manna from heaven."
Stylist and presenter Darren Kennedy lives in Dublin with his partner Aidan and his dog Harry.
"I've a bit of a shoe collection and I like to see them in all their glory so they've become as much a part of the decor as they have my wardrobe."
Darren says: "Unintentional, eclectic and a little bit mis-matched. That's the way I like it. I guess my interior style reflects my life over the past couple of years – my travels, my family, my work, my hobbies. I love pops of bold bright colour and graphic print but nothing that's going to give you a headache."
Read more: Inside Darren Kennedy's home