Nenagh Guardian reports on RIAI Awards Exhibition

In this weeks local paper the Nenagh Guardian published a great article on our Farmhouse in Co. Tipperary building project which has been selected by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland RIAI Awards Exhibition. The link between natural materials, conservation and sustainability is described nicely.

To view the RIAI Awards Exhibition please click here

The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland have just held their annual award for architecture and have featured in it a farmhouse building project in Ballyhogan, Nenagh designed by architect Patti O’Neill MRIAI.

Ms O’Neill was selected for the RIAI Awards Exhibition in the category of Sustainability. “It’s very exciting to get this recognition particularly for a building in rural Co. Tipperary – it’s like the Oscars for architecture!” says Patti.

Doing up an old house is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way we can build, she says.

She adds: “This farmhouse project is a protected structure and had been standing idle for over 30 years.

“It has been brought back to life through our conservation approach with natural material.

“The extension is also entirely of natural materials such as foam glass gravel for the foundations and monolithic clay blocks for the walls.

“All these materials are breathable as well as others such as sheepswool & woodfibre board insulation in the roof, lime render plasters and salvaged timber floors.

“Even the paint for the interiors is natural made without micro-plastics bonding agents.”

Ms O’Neill says many of these natural building products carry out multiple functions to create a breathable healthy living environment whilst also being ecologically sustainable products that don’t leave mountains of waste for the next generations.”

RIAI Awards Exhibition 2021

We are delighted that our Farmhouse Project in Tipperary was picked for this years RIAI Awards Exhibition under the category Sustainability. For more photos of our Farmhouse Project please click here. To view the RIAI Awards Exhibition please click here .

This photo shows the architect and my loyal German Shepherd who attended every site visit!

Happy Festive Season 2020

Wishing everyone a Happy Festive Season 2020 and all the best in the upcoming year.

Removing the Cement Render

Taking off the cement render started as soon as we got the keys to our thatched cottage back in early 2013. There was a total feeling of urgency and as the works proceeded the feeling transformed into relief and being able to breath again.
The porch was made of solid cement presumably constructed in the 1950s. It took the 2 men three days to remove with the large street kango – the mix was almost pure cement! Finally we were ready to start with the real refurbishment works.
The last 3 photos are from the late 1970s when the cottage was rethatched and the render removed and put back again with new cement render and straight lines 😞.
Luckily now there is a growing awareness and understanding that cement not only suffocates these stone buildings but also is structurally damaging for them and makes them cold. More and more people are doing great work freeing these buildings from their cement straight-jackets!


Now offering DESIGN CLINICS ONLINE due to Covid 19. We have already completed 3 so far successfully. At a 10% discount from the usual price please call us to book an appointment. 


RIAI Simon Open Door 2019

In collaboration with Steeples Café in Nenagh we are taking part in the annual charity event RIAI Simon Open Door 2019. On the Saturday 18th May 2019 in the meeting room above Steeples Café, Architects Patti O’Neill MRIAI and Don O’Neill MRIAI are offering 1 hour consultations for €95. We hope to make over €1000 for the Simon Community. Please help us reach our goal and book a consultation. There are only 5 slots left!

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Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living May 2019 – Healthy Flowing Homes

We are delighted to celebrate being in business for the last 10 years and to continue serving our clients. We are also delighted with the recognition our practice has received during that time which now totals 21 accolades. The most recent in this months edition of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living featuring our Healthy Flowing Homes project in Limerick with photographs by Philip Lauterbach. Others range from further publications in popular interior magazines, professional journals, newspapers, television features such as ‘Home of the Year’ and ‘About the House’, and RIAI Awards 2011 Best Emerging Practice: Highly Commended. With our continual positive client feedback and recognition we feel O’Neill Architecture is on the right track.


HEALTHY FLOWING HOMES Image Interiors & Living Online Magazine December 2018

Our building project Limerick Cottage Renovation has just been published in Image Interiors & Living Online Magazine with photographs by Philip Lauterbach. Great article by Lauren Heskin describing our new Healthy Flowing Homes approach to design where the users experience takes top priority.  We are particularly happy to hear from the editor that it was one of the most popular pieces on the site in the first week of its exposure. This supports our belief that there is a general appetite and wish to improve our lives through our homes.

click here to view full article in Image Interiors Online Magazine