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Dublin, County Dublin,

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Award Wining Architects based in Monkstown, Co.Dublin and working in all surrounding counties.

Specialising in sensitive contemporary design for domestic extensions, renovations, new-build houses and interior design.  We also design and build custom joinery.

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In Praise of Shadows

Paul Mulhern


A bunch of us were out cycling this morning in the Wicklow hills and I got talking to a lighting designer about the critical importance of light in an architectural project.  It is as important as the physical materials we build with - yet its intangible, delicate and takes real feeling, skill and experience to handle.  

We got on to talking about how important the shadows and darkness are too.  You can't feel, sense and appreciate one without the other.  It brought me back to one of my favourite little books - In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.

Comparisons of light with darkness are used to contrast Western and Eastern cultures.  The West, in its striving for progress, is presented as continuously searching for light and clarity, while the subtle and subdued forms of oriental art and literature are seen by Tanizaki to represent an appreciation of shadow and subtlety, closely relating to the traditional Japanese concept of wabi & sabi

The type of detail a sensitive eye notices...

The book itself is a little gem - Amazon Link.  (You can find a PDF of it pretty easily online too).

If you are looking for an architect with a sensitive eye for detail - get in touch!  We'd love to hear from you.

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Planning Permission Success in Dun Laoghaire

Paul Mulhern

We have secured planning permission for a new apartment development in the centre of Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.  The scheme of fourteen apartments is located just off George's Street Lower on the corner of Callaghan Lane and George's Place.


Main Elevation to Callaghan Lane, Dun Laoghaire.

The apartments all have secure underground parking, secure storage rooms/lock-up's within the car-park, facilities for electric car charging, lift access to all floors, a beautifully landscaped roof garden, fully fitted high gloss Kube kitchens including all appliances, fully fitted modern bathroom and en-suites and attractive built in wardrobes to all bedrooms.  All apartments are designed to surpass the required standards set out by the local authority, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

External materials include high quality brickwork, self-coloured render and zinc cladding.  The apartments are to be super-insulated with passive standard windows, rainwater recycling, planted roof areas and solar-thermal rooftop panels.

Work is due to commence on site in November 2015.

Proposed Elevation to Bentley Villas/Georges Place, Dun Laoghaire.




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Music in Monkstown Festival 2015

Paul Mulhern


The second "Music in Monkstown" festival will present some of Ireland's leading musicians in a weekend of classical music and celebration from 18-20 September 2015.  Concerts will take place in the wonderful setting of Church of Ireland Parish Church, Monkstown, Co Dublin. 

Monkstown Parish Church

Monkstown Parish Church

Music in Monkstown also announced that there will be two evenings of post concert Jazz @10pm @FXB's bar and restaurant on the Saturday and Sunday nights, thanks to the generous support of Newpark Music Centre.

Music in Monkstown is the brain-child of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra's principal clarinetist and Monkstown resident John Finucane, supported by other enthusiastic local music lovers. After an incredibly successful inaugural festival in 2014, MIM is back with another three days of fantastic classical music programming.

All five concerts will be held in Monkstown Parish Church.  The festival is supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Music in Monkstown Programme.

Music in Monkstown Programme.

Monkstown has been home to Hofler Architects since 1992 and is one of the loveliest remaining villages in the Dublin area, with many amenities to hand. It has plenty of appealing shops, good places to eat and drink and the ambiance is one of relaxed elegance. Already a popular venue for classical music concerts, we are delighted to bring Monkstown its very own music festival.


The venue for all our Music in Monkstown concerts, Monkstown Parish Church was redesigned by the prolific 19th century church architect John Semple, who also created the Mansion House's Round Room in Dublin city centre. The church was a particular favourite of Sir John Betjeman, the British Poet Laureate and church historian who served as Press Attache with the Britisch Embassy in Dublin in the early 1940s. For him Monkstown Parish Chruch, which he visited frequently when staying with Gate Theatre founder Lady Wicklow who lived nearby, was on of the best examples of Semple's work around the city's suburbs.




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Heritage Week in Dun Laoghaire

Paul Mulhern

This is Heritage Week!  Hofler Architects have put together some useful information about what's on in Dun Laoghaire during the last week of the school holidays.

"Geragh" Sandycove by Michael Scott.  Photographed from the adjoining Martello Tower by Mile Lynch.

"Geragh" Sandycove by Michael Scott.  Photographed from the adjoining Martello Tower by Mile Lynch.

Dun Laoghaire Heritage Week - Guide to Events (PDF)

Historic Homes, Gardens & Buildings

Throughout Ireland, 219 homes, gardens and historic buildings are in receipt of tax relief under Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, as amended.  This provides tax relief to the owner or occupier of an approved historic building or an approved garden in respect of expenditure incurred on the repair, maintenance or restoration thereof.

The scheme requires that these historic properties are reasonably accessible to the public for a period of at least 60 days in the year, 40 days of which must fall within the period of May to September and of these 40 days, 10 days must be Saturdays and Sundays.

As part of this requirement access to these properties must be available during all of National Heritage Week for periods of at least four hours daily.  Many of these properties are also hosting events for National Heritage Week in addition to being open to the public for visits.

Click here to download a list of these properties and their opening hours and contact details.

It is strongly recommended that you make contact with the property owners directly prior to traveling to visit them in order to verify that these exact opening hours may still apply.

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005.  Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 1700 events which take place during the last week of August each year. National Heritage Week 2015 will run from August 22nd to 30th.

For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website. - See more at:


South County Dublin Properties


2 Knocksina, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Philip Harvey
Tel: 01-2894414, 087-2463865   
Open: Jan 5-9, 12-16, June 15-28, July 20-31, Aug 17-31, Nov 1-9, 9am-1pm Fee: Adult €5, Student €2, OAP/Child free


Sandycove Point, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin
Gráinne Casey.  Tel: 01-2804884
Open: Mar 2-5, 9-14, June 8-14, Aug 10-31, Sept 3-13, Dec 1-4, 7-12, 2pm-6pm.   
Fee: Adult €7, OAP/Student €3, Child free


Westminister Road, Foxrock Dublin 18,
Ruth O’ Herlihy,  Tel: 087-2163623,

Open: Jan 5-23, 26-30, May 5-7, 9-13, 18-20, 23-27, June 2-4, 6-9, 15-17, 20-24, Aug 22-30, 9am-1pm
Fee: Adults €5, OAP/ Student/Child €2

St. George’s

St. George’s Avenue, Killiney, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Co. Dublin Robert McQuillan
Tel: 087-2567718.  Open: June 1- Aug 31, 9am-1pm.  Fee: Adult €5, OAP/Student/Child €3.50

Dun Laoghaire - Summer of Heritage.

Dun Laoghaire Heritage Week - Guide to Events (PDF)

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