Sunday Property Round-Up May 22nd, 2022

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… I spent last week on the side of a hill in West Clare (in the driving rain!) learning the basics of construction (structure, roofing, plumbing, electrics, sewage etc) and how to build a tiny home with Harrison Gardner, author of the above book, and the Common Knowledge crew.  I will be sharing the details of this over at later this week, in the meantime, if anyone is embarking on such a project – or even dreaming about it – for wider community benefit, please email me on


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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!)



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On iPropertyRadio this week…

Part 1 – Property Matters: Ivan Gaine Managing Director of Sherry Fitzgerald New Homes and newly appointed chair of industry representative body, Property Industry Ireland (PII), discusses Housing for All and 2022 market expectations. 

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Part 2 – Proptech Hot Seat: Ross Griffin, Founder of Kosmos, the digital QS, and Fifth Dimension, joins host Carol Tallon this week in the Proptech Hot Seat to talk about challenges in digitising pre-construction and construction.  


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On TikTok: Check out our latest tips for home buyers and first time buyers [and for anyone rolling their eyes at the mere mention of TikTok: Older people using TikTok to defy ageist stereotypes, research finds  | The Guardian ]





















*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* 


























  • Challenge to planning refusal for Cork apartment scheme adjourned: High Court judicial review challenge centres around refusal of planning permission in March for a fast-track apartment scheme in Blackpool, Cork City, on a site near property owned by a company in which deputy chair of An Bord Pleanála Paul Hyde had a 25% share
















  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2022 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







  • Into the Metaverse: How Digital Twins Can Change the Business Landscape: New businesses are emerging onto a playing field likely to be based, at least partially, in the metaverse. Digital twins powered by location intelligence will be a crucial foundation for companies navigating and working successfully within this space in the future






















































  • A never-ending journey: Ireland’s most sustainable shopping centre: Justin Young, general manager of one of Ireland’s largest shopping centres, says his intention for Mahon Point is clear: to create the most sustainable shopping centre in Ireland


  • ‘It’s a symbol of Cork’: Local limestone ‘gem’ restored in city centre: “The landlords saw that there was an opportunity here to bring the building back to past glory, and they were willing to back it.”












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