Sunday Property Round-Up December 13th, 2020

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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: 






  • A property market changed, changed utterly: From most of the country working at home to virtual viewings stripping out the ‘timewasters’, 2020 was a year in which the game was changed like never before











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(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!)


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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.




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  • Collaboration on housing projects creates communities: Government and the housing industry working together can provide the funding, expertise and conditions to build homes for our growing population








*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*



















  • Parkgate Street site fetches €800k in IAM Sold online auction: The land in Dublin 8 has planning permission for a five-storey apartment building






  • Garda appeal following break-ins at two Galway construction sites












  • Townmore: Construction firm looking for local involvement in Tipperary project – Tipp FM  












  • 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 *  


  • Property Summit reflects urgency of familiar issues: “At the dawn of a new decade, housing supply, system change and sustainability made a return appearance at the seventh annual Business Post property summit last week after dominating the event the year before. This time around, the urgency of those issues had intensified, refracted through the lens of a blinding global pandemic. Recovery, adaptability, technological advances and the looming implications of Brexit also prevailed…”












  • Ireland’s housing costs soar to highest in Europe | Business Post









  • What to expect from the property market in 2021, according to a housing expert




  • Demand for Dublin homes still outstripping supply – Despite the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, Dublin’s second-hand residential market proved remarkably resilient in 2020, with prices remaining steady





  • How the lockdown freeze created a tenant’s market – In a steep correction, rents have fallen 14 per cent in central Dublin and suburbs since the outbreak of the coronavirus last March








  • Dublin’s 2021 office market gets a dose of optimism – While many employees are still working remotely at the moment, it seems that most would prefer the hybrid model of working between office and home








  • Record autumn sales for Galway auction house – O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers see three-fold increase in enquiries and demand for properties in several popular Galway suburbs and city centre



















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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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