Sunday Property Round-Up October 10th, 2021


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


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Welcome to our first Sunday Round-up on our new website – please bear with us as we attend to any ‘settling cracks’ (web links are more vulnerable than walls!).  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: 





















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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Property Matters: Ireland’s first weekly property radio show and podcast, which launched in January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast (, returned earlier this month for a fourth season. The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech.


This week on #PropertyMatters we are joined by Graham Murray of Sherry FitzGerald, and Iain Thompson &  Ikenna Nweke of commercial tenant experience platform, Office App, to discuss how technology is changing how we buy, sell, and engage with property in our homes and workplaces. 


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Digital placemaking




  • The Government has committed to the development of a national velodrome and badminton centre on the Sport Ireland Campus.














  • Galway well on the road to recovery: The city needs international tourism to make a full recovery, but it is well on the way to robust health, and eager to take ownership of the offshore energy revolution







*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*






Construction PR


*Calling all Irish construction SMEs, please sign up with the Government-appointed CSG Innovation & Digital Adoption body, which will be resourcing firms to identify and overcome challenges to critical digitization. Link here: 



  • Scrapping of fast-track planning should mean fewer legal challenges, says regulator: Reviews of local authority development plans will also help reduce delays to infrastructure projects, according to Niall Cussen




















  • Crown Square campus shaping up to be proud achievement for Rhatigan: Galway city’s largest mixed-use development will incorporate the latest in low-carbon, high aesthetic design, set among landscaped plazas (pictured below)















  • Building a lifetime’s career in construction: Mikey Ryan finished his Leaving Cert and started working at Kirby the next day. He has never looked back


JJ Rhatigan





Robotics for construction


  • 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 * 































































  • Joan Henry: Why Dublin 2 leads capital’s office market rebound: As the economy takes off, heading for pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, office letting is experiencing a boost, with half of total take-up of space expected in D2











  • Popular bookseller Dubray is poised to open its first shop in Cork within weeks. Dubray, opened its first shop in Wicklow in 1973 and since then has established seven other stores in Dublin as well as Galway. (pictured above)



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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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