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Drogheda woman features in new Great House Revival

Drogheda woman Fiona Kelly features in the brand new series of Hugh Wallace's The Great House Revival which follows historic restoration projects across the country.

Fiona's project was hugely ambitious as she took on a seriously dilapidated Georgian terraced house in the heart of Phibsborough in north Dublin.

Fiona Kelly had a mammoth project on her hands.

With slanted door frames, crooked floors and a tumbling roof, Fiona and her building contractor friend Philip, have taken on a building on the brink of collapse.

Once an impressive townhouse for a well-to-do tradesman, Fiona's house has been witness to the passing fortunes and misfortunes of Dublin over the centuries, and was occupied as a tenement home right up to the 1960s.

Her timeframe for the project starts out as an ambitious 6 months, but with problem after problem, the timeline expands to deal with the challenges the building presents. Rainsoaked and rotten in parts, the building presents one of the biggest challenges we have ever seen on the Great House Revival.

Having purchased the home for €480,000, Fiona will spend the same amount again to save the property from rack and ruin. Fiona is determined to lovingly restore her new home to its former glory, and transform it into a modern, stylish inner-city home.

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