Fal­lon & Byrne duo’s Ge­or­gian gem

Kitchen is the en­gine room of four-bed­room Mount­pleas­ant Square house and it was here that the own­ers first cooked up a plan to open a New York-style food hall in the cen­tre of Dublin

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 1.2mil­lion ELIZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Four-bed­room house with 200sq mof space over four floors Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Some­times the last place for in­spi­ra­tion is at an of­fice desk. For Archimedes it was his bath that pro­vided him with the light­bulb mo­ment, af­ter which he ran naked through the streets of Syra­cuse shout­ing “Eureka”.

Re­cently Christo­pher Stringer, a since-re­tired in­dus­trial de­signer at Ap­ple, and one of the de­sign­ers of the orig­i­nal iPhone, ad­mit­ted in court dur­ing the long-stand­ing smart­phone patent war Ap­ple ver­sus Samsung, that a small group of de­sign­ers would sit at a kitchen ta­ble, where they would trade sketches in an hon­est cir­cle of de­bate for new ideas.

In 2006 at 26 Mo u n t Pleas­ant Square in Ranelagh, it was also a con­ver­sa­tion at a kitchen ta­ble that led to the idea be­hind Fal­lon & Byrne by its founders, Fiona McHugh and Paul Byrne.

McHugh, who at the time was ed­i­tor of the Sun­day Times af­ter cut­ting her teeth at Reuters, t he Econ­o­mist and Bloomberg, sat with her hus­band, de­vel­oper Paul Byrne, and dis­cussed the no­tion of a high-end food em­po­rium, and Fal­lon & Byrne, which now op­er­ates two out­lets in Dublin with fur­ther 10,000sq ft food hall and ca­sual din­ing area in Rath­mines due to open in Novem­ber, was born.

Gar­den level

The New York-style food hall, wine bar and restau­rants recorded a ¤13.2 mil­lion turnover ear­lier this year, but back in 2006 “we took a leap of faith, said ‘Let’s do it’, and peo­ple thought we were mad”, says McHugh.

She bought their home 20 years ago. “The French say a home and a hus­band should be coup de foudre” – lit­er­ally love at first sight. It was, as she bought the house the day af­ter view­ing it for the first time, and not long af­ter meet­ing Byrne. Over the years, the cou­ple added an ex­ten­sion and con­verted the at­tic, which now gives 200sq m of space over four floors.

The fam­ily spend most of their time at gar­den level; one large space in­cor­po­rat­ing a liv­ing area, kitchen and din­ing room, which opens out to the rear gar­den through French doors.

The kitchen fea­tures a large Bri­tan­nia range and a plethora of ovens. The poured ter­razzo coun­ter­tops, which echo the floor­ing run­ning through­out this level, are an in­ter­est­ing fea­ture.

The gar­den, though not large and one of the rea­sons the cou­ple and their three chil­dren are up­siz­ing, was de­signed by land­scaper Su­san Maxwell. It is di­vided into three tiers, which al­lows plenty of op­tions for al fresco din­ing, over­looked by ma­ture shrubs. Blue tits, robins and wrens have made the gar­den their home.

As the prop­erty has both east­erly and westerly as­pects, sun shines on the gar­den from noon each day, and also floods the interiors with light.

At hall level the in­ter­con­nect­ing din­ing and draw­ing rooms fea­ture fine sand­stone fire­places, which were sourced at Wil­son’s Yard in Co Down, as the orig­i­nals were re­moved prior to

‘‘ As the prop­erty has both east­erly and westerly as­pects, sun shines on the gar­den from noon each day, and also floods the interiors with light

pur­chase. Here and at gar­den level the ar­ray of in­ter­est­ing light pen­dants and lamps work well with the com­bi­na­tion of con­tem­po­rary and pe­riod decor.

Up­stairs the prop­erty has three bed­rooms – two fine dou­bles and a sin­gle. The mas­ter has great views to the dome of Rath­mines Church and the ped­i­ment of Cor­ri­gan’s Pub.

Ma­ture trees

In the sec­ond dou­ble bed­room, car­pen­ter Joe Hef­fer­nan cre­ated bunks re­sem­bling sleeper cars on a train, which have the added bonus of desks un­der­neath where the cou­ple’s sons do their home­work.

The at­tic, which was con­verted in 2006, is cur­rently used as a fourth bed­room with a bath­room ad­ja­cent.

The lo­ca­tion on the square means the prop­erty is com­pletely hid­den both from noise and sight from Ranelagh Road, thanks to the shel­ter of ma­ture trees from Mount Pleas­ant Lawn Ten­nis Club, which lies to the fore.

26 Mount Pleas­ant Square is a lovely Ge­or­gian home, filled with light, in­ter­est­ing decor and a kitchen ta­ble that, if it could only talk, would re­count an in­ter­est­ing tale or two.

The prop­erty is seek­ing ¤1.2mil­lion through Sherry FitzGer­ald.

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