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Dermot Bannon fears his new home will become a Halloween target

Dermot Bannon

Dermot Bannon

Eoin Murphy

DERMOT Bannon is hoping he can escape any unexpected tricks this Halloween now that the public know where he lives.

The celebrity architect went from poacher to gamekeeper last year when he put his own house renovations on Room To Improve.

And while the show proved a ratings winner for RTÉ, host Dermot discovered some unexpected consequences - as fans started seeking out his house.

Callers to the north Dublin property have not caused too many problems, but Dermot hopes that his first Halloween in the new house, won't be a messy one.

“It is probably in danger of getting egged all right. I have just about gotten over people slowing down outside the house all day and then the cars stopping," he told the Sunday World.

“It has been full on but when we moved in first, even though we never gave the address, people tracked us down.

“There are some good sleuths out there and we probably gave too many clues out on the show to be honest.

“During lockdown, I was out weeding and two lads cycled over from Rialto to see the house and get a selfie.

“To be honest i never really thought about this before I agreed to do the show.

“If this was the UK, I would probably feel different, but this is Ireland and in general people are a bit nosey and interested, but they are generally nice.

“Maybe I am being naive but it never really bothered me before, because anyone who lived in Drumcondra knew where we lived before.

“Everyone knows where Bono lives, where Enya lives and even where Matt Damon lived.

“I don’t get too worried about it and maybe I am being stupid and I am leaving myself open to an egging.

“Sure we will find out next weekend when Halloween comes.

This Sunday RTÉ will screen the second episode of Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes.

In the second episode, as a result of COVID restrictions, Dermot stays local and showcases the most incredible homes in Ireland.

For the first time ever, he visits houses that were an inspiration to him as a young architect and opens the doors to some of the most unusual and most beautiful houses in Ireland.

While last weeks show focused on homes in Canada, this week will showcase properties from all over Ireland.

"I hope people like what we have done because we tried to pick properties that were a bit different," he said.

"They couldn't just be big houses with glass and views, they had to be homes that made you go 'wow' when you walk in to them.

"And it was tricky because we did struggle to get people to let us in to film.

"It is an Irish thing because people don't want to seem like they are showing off.

"But I think we got some really great places on camera and I hope people really enjoy the show."

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