Sunday Property Round-Up April May 7th 2023

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

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: 


It was another brilliant and busy week for the Property District team this week, from Dublin to Dingle, then to Sallynoggin to Salthill. This week included innovations for facilities management and social housing delivery, interviewing Kate Fahey (19-year old tower crane operator), then sailing from ‘Darkness into Light’ on Galway Bay, learning how to sail a century-old Galway Hooker bád, culminating in RTE news crew joining us on the water as we assisted with the revival of Tóstal na Gaillimhe – traditional currach racing ( – to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the original Tóstal! Well done to Katie Tallon and the Property District digital PR team for executing a masterful #TwitterTakeover and #TikTok campaign for the event, which resulted in lots of media coverage online, in print and on air. And we are not done yet – Day 2 of the festival is happening at Ladies’ Beach on Salthill Prom today from 1pm, please join us…



















  • “It’s important to start reimagining how we reuse buildings”: People working in the built environment should prioritise the reuse of existing buildings and aim to increase the sustainability of concrete, said American architect Jeanne Gang









Darkness into Light 2023, on Salthill; Prom, Galway



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!)



We are excited to share the growth of iPropertyRadio! What started as #PropertyMatters, a 60-minute weekly show on Dublin South FM 93.9FM over 4 years ago, has now evolved into a global online station for the best construction, urban planning, property and proptech content. Check out our website,, brought to you by Hear Me Roar Media for live and recorded access to all the week’s built environment news. 


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This week on iPropertyRadio… 


#Property Roundup

This week on #PropertyRoundup, Roisin Cahill, CEO of Emerald Sage Property Buying Consultants joins host Carol Tallon to talk about her move from working full time in healthcare and project managing renovations on the side, to running a full time property buying consultancy. Covid has changed the landscape of communication so Emerald Sage are now helping people buy property in Ireland from anywhere in the world.

Emerald Sage takes the stress out of buying by helping people get value for money, offering independent advice and advocating for the buyer and attending viewings if prospective buyers aren’t in the country. Listen back to hear how you can get in touch for more information or a free consultation.

Watch/ listen back:


#Proptech Hot Seat

Tom Shrive, CEO and Ben Yexley, Head of Business Development for askporter, an AI messaging platform that optimises property & facilities management, reducing admin and the cost of management. They both join to talk about how askporter utilises AI to improve occupier experience by automating the heavy lifting needed to manage assets so that individuals can focus on the bigger picture.

askporter is designed specifically for property and facilities management and has the market context to guide operators through unique challenges and pressures that come from managing physical assets. It also minimises errors and inefficiencies.

Watch/ listen back:




*There’s No Glass Ceiling In The Sky*

Meet the Young Female Crane Driver Who’s Shattering Stereotypes and Taking the Construction World by Storm

This week on #BreakingGround host Carol Tallon chats to Kate Fahey, crane operator, about her training and experiences that led to a career in construction. Kate shares with us what her day looks like 130ft above the ground. Learn the critical skills needed for the job and the importance of great communication to inspire the trust of your team. She advocates for better education of secondary school students about the roles and opportunities available across the broader construction industry and makes a compelling case for choosing construction as a career path for young people.
*Breaking Ground is sponsored by PLACEengage, a data-driven platform for more successful public consultation and community engagement for your next development project*
Produced by Katie Tallon, with Hear Me Roar Media on sound



Watch back and listen back:


















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  • €100m plan for East Cork outlet centre ‘back on track’ yet again: Managing director of British-based Rioja Estates Giles Membrey said his company has reactivated the plan it first mooted 36 months ago for the Tourist Outlet Village (TOV) in Carrigtwohill



















  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2023 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: * * and email product or service details to


  • Proptech Ireland: Ireland’s CONSTRUCTION and REAL ESTATE ESG technologies resource hub. Confused about how and where to start on your ESG journey? Contact us 👉





























  • City Council anticipates a ‘substantial’ hike in drawdown of adaptation grants: The announcement comes after The Echo reported that over half a million euro worth of grants was not drawn down by the council last year.

























Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:    

As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded in 2018 and now appears as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here:

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

Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:

Carol Tallon books


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