Title panaromic view

Celtic Man sketch




St Flannans was originally designed as a purpose built holiday home. The layout was such that the main areas of eating, cooking, sitting, study, were all defined as there own area but combined off one central feature. How times have changed. This is now the adopted plan for everyday modern living. The parent can be cooking whilst keeping an eye on the children doing their homework. No one is excluded anymore. If things get too much you disappear off to your bedroom.

As is essential in the West of Ireland the house has a large utility room/garage. This provides for the changeover from out - inside apparel. It also acts as a drying room for those, not so infrequent, 'soft' days.  


The house was built in 1983 on the ruins of the old missionary school. The building had been used as a post office and later as a holiday camp for unaccompanied children who would stay, on mass, in the cottage, with a couple of House Mothers, and spend their days at pony camp at the nearby Errislannan Riding centre

stone walls, conservitory  & flowers in foreground


The original house had a thatch roof. This was then covered with corrugated iron and made a wonderful noise when it rained. Unfortunately the whole thing burnt down, supposedly due to a faulty electric blanket. Having survived all those years with candles, oil lamps and open fires; that's electricity for you! The central heating joke is the open hearth fire in the centre of the house! There is also full gas central heating. In 2011 a new Glow-Worm Condensing Boiler / Ultracom hxi was installed. This is a highly efficient self modulating boiler that replaces the old cast iron Myson. The boiler is located in the garage. The third man (Harry Lime) tap over the baths has been an absolute godsend. If ever the immersion heater runs out of water when you have a full house of guests, this tap provides instant hot water endlessly from an Ascot type boiler. This has definitely been a good design feature. This boiler was replaced with a very efficient Morco F11E Water Heater in 2011. It has an electronic ignition as opposed to the old pilot light that was forever burning away the pennies. In terms of design the house has been very successful. All timber was tanalised (a new treatment at the time, and all nails were galvanized (not the norm). The cavity ties were plastic to avoid long term corrosion. Insulation was not the big thing it is nowadays, but the roof was well insulated with mineral wool. The house has 450mm - 500mm thick walls which act in the same way as a night storage heater. The ambient temperature is modulated day and night giving a very uniform temperature less affected by the sunshine and showers outside.iconic house with stone wall curving to reflect curve of cental tower


The house has become quite a landmark over the years. If in Dublin you mention the 'round house, Errislannan' people know exactly which house you are referring to. It's been called all things from, The bird trap, The thrupenny bit, the cup cake house, the light house, but most often just 'the round house'. It actually has twelve sides. The joke at planning was it had to be built parallel to the road.