NewsIreland’s first shipping container home – Press Release

November 21, 2014

Project RIPPLE: Creating Ireland’s first, fully-compliant, shipping container home in Ireland

Press Release

Ireland’s first fully-compliant shipping container home will be built on the grounds at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Arts) over three days, from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th November as part of an innovative charity initiative set up by Carol Tallon, Buyers Broker International and Derek Trenaman, Ceardean Architects.

The 40sq. ft container, which will undergo extensive refurbishment, will be donated to charity for the benefit of homelessness in the hopes of housing a family in time for Christmas.

The project which began over two years ago has seen more than 60 professional and trades people, many of them members of Ireland’s largest business networking group, BNI, donating materials and countless hours of their time to the project completely without charge. From plumbing to electrics and interior design services, thousands of work hours have been put in to turning the container in to a state of the art home.

Throughout the course of the project, volunteers had to overcome a number of obstacles due to the Irish climate and increasingly onerous building regulations since the beginning of this year as well as meeting and surpassing all safety standards and regulations.

Exposed corrogated metal on the inside of container home
Speaking of the innovative and ambitious project, Carol Tallon, Buyers Broker International said, “Up to now, Ireland has been left some distance behind the changing global trends for housing, namely the departure from the notion of permanency or lifetime debt which has given rise to a more moveable society that needs flexibility in terms of home ownership. A low cost model of housing was inevitable after the property market crash, and this container project shows that there are new housing solutions available to accommodate different lifestyle choices for Irish people. We are hugely proud of getting the project to this stage and look forward to seeing it being utilised as a home by a worthy cause.”

Also speaking of the project, Derek Trenaman, Ceardean Architects and member of BNI’s Prosperity Chapter in Maynooth said “We are delighted to bring the project to the stage where it is now ready to show to the public and be used as a home for such a deserving charity. The level of support and goodwill from fellow BNI members who are small business owners has been phenomenal with everything from the disused shipping container to the state-of-the-art energy technology being donated absolutely free of charge – it really goes to show what we can achieve when we work together.”

Albert Perris, National Hostels and Homes coordinator with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul said “we are delighted to be part of this exciting and innovative project and extremely grateful to Carol, Derek and all the team for working with us every step of the way, in bringing this project to fruition. The Society is keen to explore and contribute fresh thinking and creative solutions to the current housing crisis, particularly innovative and cost effective solutions that in no way compromises on housing quality”

The build will take place on the grounds of IMMA from 27th -30th November and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm, free of charge.

Media contacts on this project are Christine Duggan of MDpr, Tel: 087 964 1729 or Carol Tallon, Email:
For Irish language commentary please contact Daibhi MacDomhnaill, Email:

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Carol Tallon