Home Rescue Episode Three Preview: A tiny Limerick cottage overflowing with clutter

By Aoife Valentine Secor 03-12-2019

If you missed the first two episodes, Home Rescue is back! We were only delighted to have architect Roisin Murphy and builder Peter Finn back on our screens again and each week we're bringing you a preview of the new episode to come.

Episode three will air this evening, December 3rd, and this time we're headed to a small cottage in Adare, in Co Limerick.

Known locally as 'Rainbow Cottage', Mary McKeon lives in a tiny, century old estate house with her daughter Leah and their three dogs.

After travelling the world, Mary realised she was ultimately a homebird and came home to 'nest'. As nests go, Rainbow Cottage is pretty cosy. And for cosy, you can read, tiny.

Downstairs there’s a small kitchen, a bathroom, a living room and off that – what Mary describes as her ‘craft room’. Upstairs, two small bedrooms and that’s it.


Over the years, the evolution of clutter and redesign has given rise to some strange hybrids, the strangest of which is the layout of the first floor. Mary currently has to walk through Leah’s bedroom, in through a hobbit-sized door, to get to her own bed.

Downstairs the largest room in the house is full of Mary’s craft and upcycling materials. In fact, there’s very little space to sneak quietly around in this house, on account of Mary’s extensive collection of craft, materials and unfinished projects.


First up for Roisin and Peter is to declutter, then redesign the living room and craft room downstairs.

Róisín’s quite elaborate plan to brighten two rooms with just one roof light is the first of many challenges for Peter. Time isn't on their side as further issues crop up, but they manage to transform the cottage from cramped and cluttered into a much more practical space.


Watch Home Rescue - Tuesdays at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.

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