RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 2

Meadhbh and Niall

After 10 successful years living in Boston and having set up her own house cleaning business, Elaine Mitchell made the decision to come back to the old sod with her earnings and buy the local pub in her home town, Legan, Co. Longford.

On the outside, the pub appears to be a well finished, spacious, fully functional premises for Elaine to live and work in. However on further inspection the layout is like a puzzle, a disjointed jigsaw which Dermot will have to make sense of.

For Elaine, the half finished house would do, but once baby Gavin arrived, his father Hughie soon followed and before she knew it, the cramped, confusing shell of a house wouldn't provide much of a home for anyone. Hughie, who lived all his life in Legan and works as a cattle farmer and slurry spreader, says he remembers the first day he spotted Elaine in secondary school, she gleefully says she never spotted him. 18 months ago, Hughie moved in with Elaine. The move was simple, it involved a journey of about a mile and a half from his parent's house, and two boxes.

With a modest budget of ¤80,000, architect Dermot Bannon arrived and instantly spotted other major flaws with the design of the house. The two storey extension had no windows looking out onto the beautiful south facing garden, it required a ladder to access one of the bedrooms and a map to figure out its confusing layout.

Dermot has three main objectives for the house. Firstly he must reconfigure the layout of the house, next he must redesign the existing extension and introduce the garden and finally Dermot wants to create a sanctuary for Elaine and her family away from her working life in the pub.

With the problem of layout solved and a new design taking shape, the final piece of the jigsaw is all about finishes. Decisions on tiles, textiles and furnishings become a constant battle for Dermot as Elaine's economical and efficiency skills kick in. Elaine's main objectives are simple, clean, practical living and unless you could 'wipe it down' Elaine doesn't want to know. A timber door will mean varnishing, paving in the garden means weeding, an oak worktop for the kitchen means sanding it down once a year. With such a huge list of tasks ahead and style at a constant compromise, how will Dermot reconfigure, redesign and reinstate Elaine with her new dream home?

Tune in to find out on Wednesday September 21st at 8pm on RTÉ One.

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Longford Suppliers

Main Contractor:
Ciaran Hourican Construction Ltd.

Co. Longford.
Ph: +353 (0)43 29767
Mobile: +353 (0)86 1721826
Fax: +353 (0)43 29767
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Website: www.chcl.ie

Quantity Surveyor
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Chartered Quantity Surveyor
Angela Crossan
Moneylagan Lane
Mobile: 086 8269620 Fax: 043 3342918 Email: angela@crossan.ie

Steel Suppliers:
McNally Engineering

Garry McNallyv Ballinamuck,
Co. Longford
Ph: 043 3324705
Mobile: 087 2528931


John Keegan
Kells Road Navan,
Co. Meath.
Mobile: 087 2571131
Ph: 046 9066000
Fax 046 9066090
Email: john.keegan@xtratherm.com
Website: www.xtratherm.com

Ganly's Hardware
Athlone and Longford
Roscommon Rd. Athlone
Townspark Longford
Ph: 043 3339900
Fax: 043 3350414
Email: sales@ganlys.ie

Fallon's Hardware
Dublin Road
Ph: 043 3346249

Plumbing & Heating
Arva Plumbing and Heating
Co. Longford.
Tel/Fax 049 4335572
Mobile: 087 2599348
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Shannon Brothers Longford Limited
Gerry Shannon
Joseph House
Townspark Industrial Estate
Ph: 043 3346560
Fax: 043 3347224
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Renewable Energy Solar Panels and Cylinder
G.M.S Renewable Products
Gerry Sheridan
Ph: 049 433 50 57
Mob: 087 239 4962

Local Suppliers (Longford)

Reilly's Kitchen
Ph: 043 3346332
Website: www.reillybrothers.ie

Dolan's Tiles
Ph: 043 3347318
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Bathrooms, Doors & Floors
Ph: 090 6492036
Website: www.ganlys.ie

Glasson Stove
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Fox & O'Rourke
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Outside Walls
Mark Ballesty
Mobile: 087 2535863

Carr & Flynn
Mobile: 086 8586247, Declan
Roy Moorehead
Mobile: 087 2101884

Fintan Whity
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Electrical Appliances
Harvey Norman
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Robert Lovell
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Hardware Supplies
Barney Fallon
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Paint Supply
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Kevin Kiernan
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Cork Builders Providers
West Link Togher Industrial Estate,
Togher, Cork.
Ph: 1890 907300
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Green Gardens
Richard Whelan
Richmond Estate,
Blackrock Road, Cork.
Ph: 021 429 4496
Mobile: 086 818 3355

Garden Shed
Outdoor Living (Munster),

Graigue Cottage, Kilally, Kilworth, Co. Cork.
Ph: 025 27000
Mobile: 086 1263175


Contact: Ger Baker
Graigue Cottage,
Co. Cork,
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Mobile: 086 1263175

Q+A Design, Engineering Consultants
Brendan Quaine and Joe Keogh
Ph. 043 3348551
Website: www.qadesign.ie

O' Rourke Seemless Gutters
Brian O'Rourke Mobile: 087 7817086

Kitchen Design and Supply
Celtic Interiors,
Unit 10, St. Patricks Woolen Mills,
Co. Cork.
Ph: +353 21 4894 121
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Email: deirdre@celticinteriors.com

Kitchen Appliances
Cork Domestic Appliances,
3 St Patrick's Quay, Cork.
Ph: 021 4505708

Rug Munchers,
Co Cork.
David Devereaux
Mobile: 086 8908854


Hall Tiler:
Harmony Ceramic Design
Rose Cottage,
The Square,
Co Cork.
Email: padraig@harmonyceramicdesign.ie
Telephone: +353 87 9677085

Square Deal
Squaredeal Interiors Ltd.,
Washington Street,
Ph: 021 427 4045

Dining Table and Chairs
Easy Living @ Right Price
Ph: 021 431 6668

Garden Swing
Mango Crafts
Shelbourne Street,
Co. Kerry.
Ph: 064 6641994
Email: info@mangocrafts.com

Keystone Lintels

Acier Lintels Ltd.
Unit 30,
Rosemount Business Pard,
Ballycoolin Road,
Dublin 11
Telephone: 01 8223333
Fax: 01 8223366
Email: info@acier.ie
Website: www.acier.ie

Waste Management:
Mulladys Ltd.

Waste Management Division
Co. Longford
Ph: 043 3342128
Fax: 043 3324731
Email: wastemanagement@mulladys.com
Website: www.mulleadtgroup.com

Other Architects featured in the show:

Cast Architecture
Emmett Scanlon,
19a Upper Baggot Street,
Dublin 4.
Ph: +353 1 668 6085
Fax: +353 1 668 6332
SKYPE cast architecture.

Box Urban
2 Summerhill Parade,
Dun Laoghaire,
David Dwyer - Architect
Web: www.boxurban.com
Email: info@boxurban.com

GKMP Architects
Grace Keeley + Michael Pike,
19a Upper Baggot Street,
Dublin 4.
Ph. +353 1 6686120
Web: www.gkmp.ie
Email: mpike@gkmp.ie
Email: gkeeley@gkmp.ie

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