Sunday Property Round-Up 7th June, 2020

Sunday Property Round-Up 7th June, 2020

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Irish property market news and insights – for the industry, by the industry  



Unsurprisingly, the broadsheets today are dominated by commentary on the escalation of Ireland’s phased re-opening of the economy, however, there is very little focus on the property sector, which returns to the offices and property viewings etc tomorrow. Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are the local and international stories that might be of particular interest: 

















  • Home comforts can’t be on a full-time basis – Working from home five days a week is a tempting prospect, but it simply won’t be fully feasible for most employees



  • Real Estate Alliance opens four new offices
    The group adds premises in Dublin, Galway and Limerick despite the pandemic



  • Potential rich pickings at latest BidX1 sales
    The two upcoming online auctions include a mixed-use property in Blackrock, Co Dublin and a wedding venue with views over Dingle Bay


If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here: 

As always, you might let me know if I have missed out on any relevant property news by emailing .



(Apologies in advance for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday. Also, I use voice to text dictation so just sound out anything that really doesn’t make sense in a strong rural accent and that should help!)



Property Matters: Ireland’s First Weekly Property Radio Show (& Podcast!):


Ireland’s first weekly property radio show, Property Matters, launched In January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast ( The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. 

Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media



Property Matters, June 2nd 2020: McKeon Group Good2Go app, Xenon Fever Defence & Park Office


Joining host Carol Tallon on #PropertyMatters this week are:

  • Tomás Mac Eoin, Managing Director of McKeon Group (Good2Go construction app)
  • Paddy Byrne, Managing Director of Xenon Fever Defence
  • Garrett Flower, CEO of



Listen back: 


Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here: 


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  • Social homes separated from private housing in new apartment developments –
    The clustering is considered to be against best practice as it can lead to ghettoisation











  • Cork street regeneration to be boosted by mixed-use scheme: The proposed €25 million mixed-use scheme on North Main Street includes the planned restoration of Coleman’s Lane











*PLACEengage: The future of speedy, successful placemaking for property developers is here – Property developers and project owners ready Public Consultation are encouraged to contact the PLACEengage team for full details*








  • Tyrone McKillen in the frame with €125m Dublin film studio development:

    Plus Development, a California property company headed by Tyrone McKillen, has emerged as a backer of plans to develop the country’s biggest film studio complex and media park in west Dublin.

    McKillen, son of wealthy property investor Paddy McKillen, is partnering with Lens Media to develop the site. Matthew and David Cooper, two Los Angeles entrepreneurs with interests in real estate and film post-production, are also believed to be involved.


  • Construction Information Services Round-up: A summary of the biggest construction projects being planned around Ireland










  • Home building finance agency claims it is ‘on track’ to meet funding goal
    Home Building Finance Ireland has financed fewer than 250 housing units so far

















  • BREAKING NEWS €820k allocated to Irish language centre development in Knocknacarra










  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2020 Irish technology providers for the built environment – From smart design and planning right through to the smart property transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based proptech  or MMC business sit?  Pease take five minutes to add or update your details to our internationally-shared listing here: SIGN UP HERE: *PROPTECH INNOVATORS and STARTUPS * 




  • Cairn trials GPS and facial recognition technology on sites – The house builder says it is operating at between 60 per cent and 90 per cent capacity under Covid-19


  • Irish Construction Magazine: In partnership with MJ Flood Technology, McKeon Group has developed a solution to support construction businesses with workers returning to site. The Good2Go solution is used to manage visitor CIF CV19 Induction compliance and has been built using Microsoft Power Platform technologies.




  • Proptech will be essential for commercial real estate after COVID-19 – PropertyWire



























  • Threshold research highlights Airbnb accounts with multiple properties to let
    The letting agency claims that the housing charity has misinterpreted the data, but refuses to provide more information























  • In the Business Post today, New arrival in co-working market puts wellbeing as top priority – The View is offering attractive and contemporary spaces in the suburbs of Dublin, aiming to appeal to workers who want a better work-life balance



  • Office brokerage offers commission-free leads to firms using its app
    The move by Click Offices is aimed at helping businesses recover their bearings in the face of the Covid-19 crisis































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From 2020, the publishers and I want to ensure the content remains topical and we are doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. 

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