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A detail of the double-height living room in award-winning songwriter/musician Eleanor McEvoy’s welcoming home. The picture reflected in the mirror is by the late Chris Gollon, Eleanor's much-missed friend and collaborator

A detail of the double-height living room in award-winning songwriter/musician Eleanor McEvoy’s welcoming home. The picture reflected in the mirror is by the late Chris Gollon, Eleanor's much-missed friend and collaborator

Eleanor McEvoy in the colourful hammock in her converted attic. She gets inspiration for her songs up here, away from everything, with its views of the sky. "I sleep in it a lot. I find it really soothing," Eleanor says of the hammock

Eleanor McEvoy in the colourful hammock in her converted attic. She gets inspiration for her songs up here, away from everything, with its views of the sky. "I sleep in it a lot. I find it really soothing," Eleanor says of the hammock

Another view of the attic, where she has added interest to the trapdoor by covering it with photos

Another view of the attic, where she has added interest to the trapdoor by covering it with photos

A view through beaded curtains - a favourite of Eleanor's - of the guest bathroom

A view through beaded curtains - a favourite of Eleanor's - of the guest bathroom

Eleanor in the back garden of her home in Dublin 8 - a stone's throw from town. "I love my bike and my home is near everywhere [in the city] so I can just hop on the bike," she says. The bust is of Apollo

Eleanor in the back garden of her home in Dublin 8 - a stone's throw from town. "I love my bike and my home is near everywhere [in the city] so I can just hop on the bike," she says. The bust is of Apollo

A detail of the kitchen, which has a lovely fireplace. The little violin below the clock is Eleanor's first ever violin, first picked up when she was about three years old

A detail of the kitchen, which has a lovely fireplace. The little violin below the clock is Eleanor's first ever violin, first picked up when she was about three years old

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A detail of the double-height living room in award-winning songwriter/musician Eleanor McEvoy’s welcoming home. The picture reflected in the mirror is by the late Chris Gollon, Eleanor's much-missed friend and collaborator

Singer Eleanor McEvoy has a thing about houses. She just loves them, and always has, ever since she was a little girl, and it's something her nearest and dearest are aware of. So much so that her sister actually made her an adorable miniature house for a recent significant birthday.

More importantly, she always wanted her own house, nothing too fancy. One of the first things she did when she got a job as a violinist with the RTE orchestra - a dream job for most musicians - was to save a deposit for her first house. She even settled on the one she would buy - a little red-brick in Mahon Street, Dublin 8. Then something happened that changed everything. It meant the loss of that house, but it also resulted in the making of the fabulous star and hit songwriter we know and love today.

It was the early 1990s, Eleanor was earning a good salary, and she was on the verge of putting down the deposit. "The house was in dreadful condition, but I thought, 'Yes, I could afford that'," she recalls. "Then I went into work in the orchestra and my desk partner that day was Arthur Nachstern - you had a different desk partner every day. I suddenly realised that, in every other job, as you get older, you move up the food chain, but in an orchestra, as your fingers go, you move down.


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