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As per the announcement by the Government of Ireland and the collective efforts of industries (both nationally & internationally) to initiate mitigation measures to control the spread of the global outbreak – DFG Architects are operating via remote working techniques as and from the Close of Business Monday 16th March 2020. 


If you would like to contact our office please do so by e-mailing our office: and our team will respond to your query during normal working hours.

DFG Architects as featured in the Sunday Times UK "Home & Property Section", Sunday 20th of October 2019 re Villa Design in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

October 20, 2019

DFG were delighted to feature in the Sunday Times UK – Home & Property Section on Sunday 20th of October 2019 regarding this Villa design in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.

RIAI Simon Open Door 2019

May 02, 2019

Simon Open Door is a partnership between the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).


For a €95 donation to the Simon Community, you will receive an hour-long consultation with DFG Architects a certified RIAI Architect Firm.


DFG Architects can give advice on a range of issues relating the design of a new build, extension, renovation, planning or advice related to a listed property. The aim of the consultation should be to determine your requirements, consider the different options available to you so that you can move forward with your project.


Sign up for a consultation now by clicking the link below.

Planning Achieved for Landmark Dublin City Centre Bar & Restaurant

February 25, 2019

We are delighted to confirm that we have received planning for an extension and interior alterations at a landmark Dublin City Centre Bar & Restaurant to which we are proud to be associated with as Architect.

Carlow Girls Takeover 2018

November 21, 2018

The Girls Takeover Programme

A day of girl takeover, the girls all transition year students –  assumed the role of their matched mentor for one hour where they will have the power to make decisions and lead staff.


The Takeover Programme has three key elements;


  1. A preparatory workshop where the students will participate in team games, take part in roundtable discussions and learn about the leadership role they will take over.

  2. The takeover of senior roles where the student carries out a range of duties that she is interested in and which are within the remit of the mentor.

  3. A de-briefing workshop where the students discuss their experience of being a leader and where key learnings are highlighted and discussed.


Our takeover Girl for the hour was Katie O’Sullivan, she assumed the role of Principal Architect Dermot.

RIAI Simon Open Door 2018

May 13, 2018

Simon Open Door is a partnership between the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland(RIAI).  Almost €600,000 has been raised for the Simon Communities of Ireland by Simon Open Door in the last fourteen years. 
Anyone can sign up to Simon Open Door and in return for a €90 donation to the Simon Community, you will receive an hour-long consultation with a certified RIAI Architect (in the Architect’s own office, unless otherwise stated). They can give advice on a range of issues relating to your home.


The more information you can bring to your Architect on the day, the more you will get out of your consultation.



What you can you expect from this consultation?

General advice on:


  • Architect's fees and services.

  • Information on building costs including VAT.

  • Discussion on building materials likely to be used.

  • Planning requirements or Exempted Development from Planning

  • The documents that will be used for planning, tenders and building contracts


To book just click on the link below



‘Free Market’ to Represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2018

January 16, 2018

Ireland’s continued presence at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2018 is bolstered by the fact that, for the first time, the curators chosen by the Biennale for the International Architecture Exhibition are Irish architects.  Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects have been honoured with the task of curating the central exhibition and developing the theme which will inform all national exhibitions.

The national exhibition ‘Free Market’ is a direct response to the overarching theme of ‘Freespace’, selected by curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. It will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland, small town marketplaces have undergone fundamental change in recent times. Indeed, many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished. The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. It will also build on the research of the team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

Collaboration with Carlows ‘Pure Thinking Community Group

January 16, 2018

DFG Architects are collaborating with the Carlow ‘Pure Thinking Community Group’ on their latest project which will result in a new public art installation in the centre of Carlow Town.

Launch for the project takes place Friday 1st July at The Castle Tavern, Castle Street, Carlow.

For more information see or check out our facebook page.

The “WALL R US” project aims to celebrate the importance of our local pubs, as social, cultural & historic settings at the centre of Irish life.

The Pure Thinking Community Group, led by Connie Byrne Hyland, will research, develop & design this project. The group will gather stories, musical influences & photographic references, which will then be used as the basis for a permanent art piece that will be publicly displayed on Castle Street in Carlow town.

The subject for the first stage of this project was in the The Castle Tavern, Castle Street on the 1st July. Many thanks to everyone who made the night such a success. If you have a story to tell, a picture/video to share or with an interest in this Community Project please feel free to drop into the Tavern; submit a comment on this page; visit our Facebook page or email

All contributors will be ambassadors of this project and each story and musical influence will be documented by the Pure Thinking Community Group and represented within this permanent art piece. Your contribution is vital to the success of this project. The art piece will belong to you and will be presented for the greater community to enjoy. ‘The Tavern collection’ CD will be available to purchase on the night, and all donations will be equally distributed to the Carlow Home Care Team and the “WALL R US” project.

We have great hopes for the launch of our permanent art piece and aim to launch 1st October 2011. Watch this space for further updates.

Sponsors and contributors for this project include: Carlow Local Authorities; CBH Design team; TMC Marketing; Dermot Geoghegan architecture; Sean Furey, The Castle Tavern; Angela Marini Photography; Louise Fitzgerald Graphic Design; Brendan Harding Author.

Nigeria’s plastic bottle house

January 16, 2018

Nigeria's first house built from discarded plastic bottles is proving a tourist attraction in the village of Yelwa.

Hundreds of people – including government officials and traditional leaders – have been coming to see how the walls are built in the round architectural shape popular in northern Nigeria.

The bottles, packed with sand, are placed on their side, one on top of the other and bound together with mud.

“I wanted to see this building for myself as I was surprised to hear it was built from plastic bottles,” said Nuhu Dangote, a trader who travelled from the state capital, Kaduna, to see the house.

“They were saying it in the market that it looks like magic, that you will be amazed when you see it, that is why I have come here to feed my eyes.

“The whole world should come and look at it.”

The real beauty of the house is its outside wall as the round bottoms of the exposed bottles produce a lovely design.

But for those behind the project, its environmental benefits are what are most important

Carlow Design Fourm

November 23, 2017

Following on from our previous involvement in local urban design issues with the Carlow Design Forum, DFG Architects are launching a new urban design initiative to be called ‘Transitions’ which will culminate in an exhibition examining the untapped potential of undervalued and disregarded urban spaces.

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Dermot Geoghegan Principal at DFG Architects interview with KCLR in relation to

RIAI Simon Open Door event.

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