Irish medic leaves her eclectic British home

By Jimmy Loughran in Real Homes on Monday, July 12, 2010 - 19:10

Pathologist Julie McCarthy missed out on the Celtic Tiger era, having spent the Irish boom period in the UK. Now, she’s returned to an Ireland which is pretty much as she left it, only it's even more broke.

As Julie and husband Dr. Ian Hann go on the 2010 Irish house hunting trail, this is the place they left behind.

We can't imagine how difficult it'd be to seperate with such an amazing home!

(Photographs: Tony Timmington)


Roses wallpaper by Cole and Son provides a stunning background for the eBay table in gilt and glass in the hall.

Living room:

The sitting room came with all original fittings (The moose head was a DIY add-on),the coffee table was an Ebay find and the floors are  as nature made them but sanded and polished. The lamp came from the old house.  ‘We wanted this room to look like a gentlemen’s smoking room, ordered sedate, quiet.  

We love the colour of the walls, which were painted in Farrow & Ball pigeon.

Dining room:

The gorgeous Heal’s table came from the couple’s old home, but pride and joy is the candelabra from Liberty. The upright radiator was a steal from B&Q at just £150.


Julie keeps everything neat and tidy, with wall to wall storage from John Lewis.

We love the gorgeous lime green fridge by Smeg which compliment the simple tiles from Habitat.

This fab double door cooker is by La Cornue, perfect for entertaining on the weekends!


Julie's home is visitor friendly with the beautfil guest bedroom painted in Tarragon Ivy by Dulux.

Julie had the Union Jack flag painted for her son Cormac and the £99.00 swing chair came from Habitat.

Pink was the colour of choice for daughter Eireann’s room. The Digital Mural, Roses, £50 is by Graham and Brown, while her daybed is from IKEA.

Finally, take a look at Ian and Julie's master bedroom! We particularly adore the bedhead lights, which are Pigeon lights by Ed Carpenter for Thorsten van Elten, and were bought from Indish.

Our verdict:

Julie and Ian's home is a perfect mix of eclectic cool and British luxury townhouse. We just think it's a shame they had to leave it behind!

Do you think you could ever part ways with a building so beautiful?

Tell us in the comments!