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Dear old dining room has gone well out of fashion in the design of modern homes

Mary Kenny


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Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey, where the dining room often takes centre stage. Photo: Nick Briggs

Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey, where the dining room often takes centre stage. Photo: Nick Briggs

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Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey, where the dining room often takes centre stage. Photo: Nick Briggs

Alas agus ochone: the dining room, once the sign of formal respectability for the bourgeois household, is no more. Fewer and fewer homes now under construction or for sale contain a dining room, according to a study by a British property group, Rightmove, and it’s likely to be a similar situation in Ireland.

Open-plan living has increased by 74pc over the past decade, and the upgraded kitchen has increasingly included a dining area. (Actually, it’s rather annoying to see that virtually every kitchen portrayed in TV dramas has one of those posh cooking islands and a sofa or two scattered around its extended space.)


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