Sunday Property Round-Up March 28th, 2021


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: 








  • MetaProp’s Global PropTech Confidence Index for year-end 2020:






  • Sad passing of major figure in Athlone life: Donal Hynes, late of Hodson Bay, Athlone, passed away on Thursday, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his daughter’s residence in Ferbane. The late Mr Hynes made a major contribution to the life of Athlone across many spheres. He was an instrumental figure in the business world of Athlone, most notably as an auctioneer, a business he established in 1968 which continues to this day as REA Hynes.





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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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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.

On #PropertyMatters this week: 

Part 1: Damien Browne of Standard Access, creators of the Digital Spine operating system for smart buildings, joins us to talk about the company’s new US-patent for sound encrypted keyless entry (next generation of smart locks).

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Part 2: Andrew Baum, esteemed Professor of Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford gives a brief history of proptech, the evolution of this and what’s next for the sector.

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  • A new square in Dublin, which is privately owned, on a quarter-acre Wilton Park, Dublin 2, is to be named after the Irish writer, Mary Lavin. It is been described as the first significant commemoration of an Irish female writer











*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*















  • Building industry takes stock following a challenging year: At the 2021 Housebuilding Summit, industry figures looked at the year ahead and discussed how to tackle what host Jonathan Healy referred to as ‘a crisis on top of a crisis’









  • MKN Group to build 15-storey hotel and 88 apartments in East Wall: Planning permission has been granted for the development, which also includes offices and retail, in Dublin 3













  • Seven apartments on sale in Kilkenny city for €1m: The units collectively generate rental income of €80,000 a year















  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2021 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 * 








  • MetaProp’s Global PropTech Confidence Index for year-end 2020:






  • Using PropTech to lower environmental footprint and improve customer experience – Shopping Centre News













  • Secondhand house prices pushing up price of new builds before they are finished



























  • Foot Locker scores win in first round of rent row over Grafton Street store: Foot Locker says that government restrictions led to “an unprecedented and dramatic collapse in the pre-existing level of footfall”














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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. 


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