From Sing Street to Donnybrook: The home of Dublin manager John Carney for €1.275 million

John Carney says he’s exhausted. The director spent the past week on hooves, frantically filming the last scenes of his latest movie on the streets of Dublin.

to Flora and his son. It has just been wrapped. But he also just moved home. And with it, his beloved home/book office. But more on all of that in a minute.

So what is this movie?

“All I can say is that it’s a story about a woman and her son Tearaway and how music brings them together. We have Eve Hewson and Jack Raynor on board.” Carney hints at a big name for an American actor in the mix, but he still talks about who. But we know who John is. Because recent media snapshots clearly show the arrogant Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinking about your outside groups.

Coarse-headed tea has surprised us more than once. It had international reviewers (and Steven Spielberg) rave about it over 2007 Once, starring former classmate Glen Hansard and then 17-year-old Marketa Irglova in a fictional story about two musicians, unrequited love and a broken vacuum cleaner. It must be said about Dublin. home town.

Spielberg gushed: “A little movie called Once It gave me enough inspiration to go on for the rest of the year.” Filmed in 17 Days on a budget of €150,000 and starring non-actors using public cafe bathrooms to change costumes, it went on to win an Oscar and just over $23 million.


The kitchen is part of creativity

profuse carni Singing Street (2016), has just started a long run on Netflix and inspired the musical, which is currently running in the United States. This is the story of teenage Cosmo in the ’80s, who is pulled out of his posh school in Dublin and thrown into a hard-boiled Synge Street CBS.
There, in between blows, he created a band to impress a girl (Ravenna), all under the advice of Big Brother Brendan’s advice (“No woman can love a man who listens to Phil Collins”),

While the film also delighted critics at home and abroad, its great attention to detail of the time period: clothing, hair, shoes, bows (both genres), interior designs, and situations; Time travel made scary for those lucky/unlucky enough to be Dublin teenagers during Clearasil’s golden decade.


The garden studio where Carney wrote Sing Street

Carney hails from Ranelagh but unlike Cosmo, has been taken to the market, off Synge Street to De La Salle Churchtown, where he says he found his musical feet. He later played the bass in Frames before entering the cinema.


The dining area in the kitchen where the movie was read

Like Cosmo, Hansard and Lance, he ended up winning the heroine’s heart. His wife is actress Marcela Plunkett who played the female lead in the series Bachelor Steps (2001) as well as an ex-girlfriend of the protagonist with whom he unexpectedly reconciles.

Dublin homes are regular stars in Carney productions, whether it was the Best Walk House (actually on Ormond Quay Lower), the Irglova House (in Mountjoy Square), or the two storeys of crumbling red brick, the Cosmo family’s home or the Georgian orphanage in Ravenna. At 40 Synge Street.


Carney Garden Studio Interior Design

Having rented the place, it was no surprise, then, that Carney and Blunkett would buy a slightly old house in and around his old Doussey land and set out to do so. In 2010, they went back to look for their homes and found 23 Sandford Street off Marlborough Road in Donnybrook.

“When I was at The Frames, we used to have band meetings at a house along there. I was always amazed at how quiet it was,” Carney says. “The house needed a little bit of work and we wanted to put our own stamp on some parts of it while still retaining certain elements of its character like the sitting room in the front. We were thinking about having kids at the time and loved that it was a dead end where the only traffic is people living there “.

The timing was perfect too. At the bottom of the market when homes like this were cheaper in real terms than they were in Jilin.


Living room with wood-burning stove

“We were incredibly lucky. It wasn’t about you being smart or smart. If we had bought before, and we might have done, we probably still owe today.”


John Carney with his wife Marcela Plunkett

Marcella and John called upon the services of Tell Construction, a Dublin-based civil engineering firm along with architect Peter Tansey. ‘Peter created the cedar and glass extension of the new kitchen with this beautiful sloping ceiling. So we set up the shower room, refitted and reconnected the space, and installed the large wood-burning stove in the sitting room.

“We got the house properly insulated and installed replacement double-glazed windows.”

A few years later, Carney built his garden room structure outside as his home office and studio. It’s a vast wood and brick affair with a twisted open corner fireplace.

“The park is so vast and almost like being in the countryside, the trees at the back of Muckross school, the birds and the wildlife. It’s a great place to hide and write. I’ve always fantasized about writing in front of an open fire. I’ve been going there in the morning through Covid and that’s where I wrote modern love (American harmful television series). I wrote Singing Street There is, too.

“Home was important to me because I work at home. We had our big party show there with all the actors when Singing Street Nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The kitchen is where we go to do our reading. The seats around that table are where all gatherings take place. It was a real social home and very much related to my work.

The massive kitchen/dining room in its spacious Scandinavian rustic style comes with shaker units, an island unit in pinks, and a cozy wood-panelled ceiling, all matched with some raw plywood shelves and racks.


One of the double bedrooms

The family’s master bathroom is a splendor of the original Edwardiana, all this period and salvaged with the help of the Victorian Salvage Company on Pearse Street. There’s a fantastically elaborate toilet, a distinctively clawed sink that looks like it’s ready to escape and a sculpted sink and taps. “These guys were great. They also did all the floors and the kitchen cabinets.” The house is also decorated with antique radiators.

During his 12 years at No23 Marcella and John also had two children, a boy and a girl, who owned the colorful wooden theater in the park.

But now is the time for the Carney Plunkett clan to act. “I needed a much bigger studio for the end of the music. I can’t really record loud music and bother the kids.

“We bought a house nearby with a basement which I converted into a home recording studio as well as an office.
“We will miss the place because it is so convenient. It is also really handy for the great restaurants in Ranelagh and you can bike and be in town in no time if you are walking around Leeson Street.”

Building No. 23 is about 1,600 square feet in size and is furnished with an old lighted hall and hardwood floors. There is a double sided living room with wood stove and a very large kitchen/dining/living room with pantry and utility outside.

This massive kitchen is equipped with a Rangemaster 6 circular gas stove and ovens, a Belfast sink and a dining nook with custom made benches and shelves. There are glass patio doors that lead to an inner courtyard and to the back garden.

The house has three good sized bedrooms, with an elaborate bathroom and a wet room with walk-in shower with head attached to rainwater.
There is plenty of off-road parking up front, and it’s easy to get home from the Sydney Parade Dart station. The restaurants and bars of Donnybrook, Ballsbridge, Sandymount, Ranelagh and Clonskeagh are all within easy reach. For schools you have Muckross (literally next door), Gonzaga and Sandford Park in Ranelagh. And of course Singh Street.

Sherry Fitzgerald is eyeing 1.275 million euros.