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Design Doctor 4 - Make Over My Room With Ciaran Sweeney

Friday, 4 May 2007


Today is the last of our design doctor's assignments. Our designer Ciarán Sweeney along with our carpenter, Jason MacDonald has only 1 day and €1500 to work his design magic on the rooms! Our last lucky viewer is Donal from Limerick.

Donal is from Limerick. He asked us for help in redecorating his daughter Leah's (9) bedroom.

Makeover recipient - Donal McGuire (Dad), Leah McGuire (Daughter)
Donal used to be pretty handy around the house himself and even started to do up his 9 year old daughter's room 2 years ago. However because of a back injury he has been out of work since and has been both physically and financially unable to complete it. He says it breaks his heart every time she asks it when it will be finished. He's love Leahs' bedroom made over as a surprise for her. Donal would like the room to be cleaned up and updated. He wants a room that his daughter can "grow into".

Designer - Ciarán Sweeney
Ciarán Sweeney is a leading Irish designer specialising in the areas of fashion and interiors. He works in a highly labour intensive almost ancient manner. All Ciaran's pieces start with a drawing he then dyes, prints, paints and embellishes his garments and accessories with his drawings. Sweeney works from his studio in The Liberties area of Dublin city ,he works on a 7 metre table on some of the most precious fabrics and fibres from around the world. He is most known for his use of 19th century silk screen textile print methods.

Over the last 12 years Sweeney has gone on to show his work in The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, The USA, The United Arab Emirates and 2006 marked Sweeney's first show in Moscow, Russia at The State Museum of Architecture.In February of 2006, Sweeney exhibited in Madrid, representing Ireland in a unique show of international designers entitled 'Men in skirts' which ran in Retiro Park, Madrid and included John Galliano, Jean Paul  Gaultier ,and  Vivienne Westwood. In the same month was awarded a medal at The American Design Awards, California, USA .

The list of owners of Ciarán Sweeney pieces  is as diverse as his fabrics and includes The President of Ireland, Elton John, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Moya Brennan, Christy Turlngton, George Michael, Caprice, Brenda Belthyn. His corporate clients include: Irish Distillers, Nokia, The Ulster Museum, Vodafone, Guinness, PGA, Smirnoff. He has designed ranges in fashion and home for international outlets including Harrods, Liberty and Brown Thomas. Ciaran Sweeney also acts as Producer of the National College of Art and Design Graduate Show annually since 2000

Jason MacDonald - Carpenter
Jason is a qualified carpenter and runs his own construction company. He is a native Australian but has been living in Ireland since 1999. Jason was working in the construction industry before he set up his own company here in Dublin two years ago. He was one of our judges and experts on previous Afternoon Show strand "DIY Dads".

For More Information
Our Experts:
For further info on Ciaran Sweeney contact:
Ciaran Sweeney Studio
Unit 12 E
IDA Centre
12 Newmarket Square
Dublin 8
Tel +01 4113953

Construction/Carpentry: Jason MacDonald is available for consultations and construction work. He can be contacted on 087 6893434

Product Details
Wardrobe provide by:
Slide and Glide Doors have just opened a new showroom in Waterford offering fantastic value for money!
Sixcross Roads Industrial Estate, Kilbarry, Waterford
Dunmore Est Link Rd
051 331056

Paint supplied by Crown Paints:

Carpet supplied by Westgate Carpets:
Ph: 053 91 23831

Dunnes Stores Home Products:
Visit for details of all stores locations and times.
Ciarán used:
2 orthopedic pillow fillings
2 lavender pillow fillings
Small natural metal column lamp
Cream paper flower in bowl
Blue filled voline
Cotton waffle towel set
Cream butoon velvet cushion
Candle in sea shell
Cream acrylic throw
Provence blue 1 quilted bedspread
Nimborne Duvet set Kingsize
 4 matching pillowcases
White roses collection blue cushions
Allergy duvet and pillows
Paris oval mirror

Curtains, hooks and pole from:
Hickeys Fabrics
Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2,
Ph: +353 (0) 1 478 4769


Our design doctor Ciaran Sweeney.