Home Rescue

Have you fallen out of love with your home? Do you struggle to find space, stranded in a sea of clutter? Well, take heart. Home Rescue is on the way! 

Architect Róisín Murphy, builder Peter Finn and their crew are back with a new series on RTE ONE – redesigning rooms and bringing order to chaos.


Let’s face it – as a nation we’re slow to let go. Old furniture and random knick-knacks, unused clothes and unfinished projects – eating up space and burying precious memories under a blanket of clutter. One day, a Spring clean will come, but somehow, it never does. Until now.



Each week architect and designer Róisín Murphy and builder Peter Finn takes an existing cluttered home. This could belong to a family, an individual or a group of friends. We tackle their clutter head on and offer them real resolutions with an entire makeover of two of the worst rooms in their house, all done with the help of IKEA.

Do you have piles and piles of useless clutter in your front room? Do you have trouble letting go of the past? If so we want to hear from you!




Carmel and Konrad with Home Rescue's Róisín Murphy

Episode One | CORK

At an end of terrace house in the Cork suburb of Ballyphehane, Róisín and Peter face a real challenge as they come to the rescue of Carmel and Konrad – a former Mr. Gay Cork and the sixth of Carmel’s eight sons! Known locally as the Kork Kardashians!

Emptying two rooms filled with wool, craft materials and elaborate drag queen costumes is one thing, but the real challenge for Róisín is designing two multifunctional rooms with extremely limited space.

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Home Rescue's Róisín Murphy with homeowner Maria

Episode TWO | DUBLIN 1

Róisín, Peter and the crew come to the rescue of Latvian mum Maria at the small apartment she shares with young sons Armands and Lukas and her mum Gita.

With two year old Lukas and granny Gita in one of two bedrooms and Armands in the other, Maria has relegated herself to a corner of the living room which also houses the dining area and the kitchen. To add to the problem, an adjacent closet is packed to the ceiling with clutter.

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Home Rescue - East Wall - Austin, Róisín & Muhammad


In Dublin’s East Wall, Róisín, Peter and the crew are about to attempt their biggest home rescue to date. The small terraced house shared by Austin (83) and his flatmate Muhammad (24) is in utter chaos. Abandoned by rogue builders midway through a renovation job, the house is a mess of broken plaster, unfinished walls, building debris and dangerous exposed wiring!

Before Róisín can even make any plans, Peter must assemble a double-sized crew to make the building safe and clear a mountain of rubble. But that’s only half the challenge.

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In Ballyfermot in West Dublin, Róisín, Peter and the crew come to the rescue of deli worker, Linda. Her home is so cluttered, she and her two sons can barely get around and she never invites guests in.

With a tiny cramped kitchen, a dining space dominated by two huge sofas and a rear extension room that’s become a dumping ground for clothes and old furniture, there’s no room left for family life.

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Home Rescue - Kildare


Emily and Dave grew up a few doors from each other on the same street in the Curragh of Kildare. They still live on the same street, but the home they share with their six kids is so filled with clutter, they barely have space to move.

In this house, the chaos begins right inside the front door and Róisín arrives with an ambitious plan to solve the family’s two biggest problems.

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In Laytown, County Meath, Róisín and the team come to the rescue of avid upcyclers, Trudie, Dan and their sons Ciarán and Connor. The family’s three bed house is filled with the fruit of Mum and Dad’s labour, leaving everyone struggling for space, surrounded by clutter with a kitchen that’s more like a workshop!

Róisín hatches a plan to redesign the entire kitchen area from moving the direction of the dishwasher to removing Dan’s beloved computer desk – part communications hub, part entertainment system. The real challenge for Róisín however is upstairs where eldest son Ciarán’s bedroom requires something more than a simple declutter.

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SERIES 1 (Desperate Houses)

Episode One | Tallaght

Róisín and the Desperate Houses crew spend three days with Annette from Tallaght, helping her rescue two hopelessly cluttered bedrooms. With the help of builder Peter Finn and his crew, Róisín sets out to completely redesign the unruly top floor of the house, creating a luxury hotel style bedroom for Annette and a treatment room to help her reconnect with her skills as a Reiki master.

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Desperate Houses, Episode 2 | Raheny - The Murphy Family


Róisín and the Desperate Houses crew come to the rescue of Glenda, Maurice and their four kids in Raheny, Co. Dublin. At first, the house seems far from desperate, but it soon becomes clear that this otherwise pristine family home hides rooms so filled with clutter, they’ve become no-go area.

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Desperate Houses | Episode Three, Portlaoise


Róisín and the Desperate Houses crew join Wendy (37) Daniel (37) and their two kids Jun-Li (9) and Mae-Li (18 months) at their small two bed house in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. For ‘house’, read ‘storage facility’, because ever since Wendy moved the contents of her former hair salon into the kitchen, there’s no room to move!

Resolving to ‘perform surgery’ on the layout, Róisín hatches an ambitious plan to reclaim the ensuite and turn a two-bed house into a three-bed home.

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Róisín Murphy and the Desperate Houses crew join Bridget and Jack at their home in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary – a former B&B that’s so crammed with clutter, there’s barely room for the owners, let alone any guests!

Hemmed in by a huge legacy of bulky furniture, linen and crockery from the days of the guesthouse, Bridget and Jack are too busy bickering over the small kitchen table to enjoy their well-deserved retirement.

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Róisín Murphy and the Desperate Houses crew join Vivenne, Ger and their five young kids at their mid-terrace 3-bedroom house in Leixlip, County Kildare.

Faced with her most challenging redesign yet, Roisin suggests a roof light in the kitchen to illuminate the dark and dreary living room. With such a small space to design for and with so many functional demands, the new kitchen layout is not solved until the last hours of the makeover.

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Desperate Houses, Episode 6, Donegal, Architect Roísín Murphy with homeowner Margaret


Donegal. Vast, unspoiled, largely empty. But not this house. The person who lives here shares her space with a collection of clothes, furniture and bric-a-brac that’s growing by the day because she can’t say no to a bargain. Meet Margaret.

Architect and designer Róisín Murphy along with her team are going to help Margaret declutter the items that she no longer needs and give her the space that she craves – her very own sanctuary in her bedroom and a much-needed sitting room for her and her many visitors to enjoy.

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