The development consists of a new detached Victorian Style 850sqm seven-bedroom residence in a conservation area of Dublin 4.  The house has many bespoke features as required by the Client including function rooms, a swimming pool & Jacuzzi, gym & steam room, cinema, and bar area.  All the bedrooms are ensuite and a heat exchange system was installed.  Nicholas Sweeney provided planning design and project management & procurement services for this project as well as managing the construction team.  

The initial design was prepared by the late Sam Stephenson.  The project was constructed using direct labour.  The joinery, stonework, flooring & stairs are all bespoke often from templates taken of existing properties around Dublin.  The staircase, for example was modelled from a survey of the grand stairs in Powerscourt Townhouse.  Cat-5 cabling (which was a new technology at the time) was used in each room, allowing for example the curtains and (gas) fire places to be operated remotely.  This swimming pool in the basement incorporates a feature stone inscription wall.  

The project was completed in 2002.  Externally Sandstone stone banding, surrounds and feature panels decorate selected redbrick in Flemish bond with rusticated granite at garden level and stone entrance steps.  The entrance porch is also of sandstone with a copper curved roof and recessed coffers.  The landscaping was also designed as well as the entrance gates and railings.

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“Sweeney Architects achieved all our goals with the Clooneybeirne Housing development. They were creative yet cost conscious with design solutions, responsive, diligent when addressing action items, and, above all committed to Roscommon County Council.”

Martin Lydon, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council.