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10 Irish celebs who should be the new co-presenter of Room to Improve

The Rubberbandits should definitely be considered.

Source: RTÉ

IRELAND’S FAVOURITE QUANTITY surveyor Lisa O’Brien has handed in her notice which means Room to Improve is on the hunt for a new co-presenter to clash with Dermot Bannon over windows, walls and everything in between.

While Coco Productions are specific in their want of a new quantity surveyor we feel like the opportunity should be open to the plethora of totally qualified Irish celebs. I for one, cannot see a problem with this idea.

Here are 10 Irish celebs who should be definite contenders for the job.

1. Michael Healy Rae


Michael is the perfect co-presenter with his flat cap charm and an accent to go with it. I’m sure he’d be able to assist with the budgeting anyway.

2. Jedward

Source: Ian West

Could you imagine Room to Improve with Jedward? Poor old Dermot would be run ragged as Jedward insisted that every home had a dance studio and doors high enough for their hair to fit through.

3. Hozier

Source: Ian West

There would be something magical about this combination to be honest because Hozier would be such a calming influence on Dermot. He’d insist that there was space for all the natural wildlife and want a bird feeder every 5 feet.

4. Daniel & Majella O’Donnell

Source: RTÉ

The O’Donnells have already been on the show once which means they know how it works and how Dermot operates. We know Daniel is well able to put Dermot in his place while Majella would actually run the entire show and make sure everything was completed to the highest standard.

5. Amy Huberman


Don’t tell me you wouldn’t watch Room to Improve with Amy Huberman. She’d put tiny fairy doors in each house and if there were any kids around, she’d have the best ideas for their rooms. She’d be a delight.

6. The Rubberbandits


If the Rubberbandits went on Room to Improve then the licence fee might actually be worth paying. Could you imagine the sheer chaos of the whole thing? Every project would have some form of tribute to Limerick such as a flag or the word ‘Yurt’ painted on a wall.

7. Paul O’Connell


Firstly Paul has those sweet, sweet Hive connections meaning your budget already stretches further. Secondly Dermot won’t dare go over budget with Paul around. Thirdly what better way to check how soundproof your house is by having Paulie scream ‘DID YOU PUT THE FEAR OF GOD INTO THEM?’ at each corner of the house?

8. Alison Spittle

Source: RTÉ

Alison would give every project a wild colour scheme and would bring so much energy and laughter to the show. I also just really like the idea of a Spittle/Bannon combination tackling every problem like some weird crime fighting/architectural team.

9. Aisling Bea

Source: EMPICS Entertainment

We already know she’s funny from 8 of 10 Cats but Aisling Bea would have the BEST time on Room To Improve. She’d be able to smooth over any disagreements between the clients and make sure Dermot doesn’t take himself too seriously which is key.

10. Saoirse Ronan

Source: Hahn Lionel/ABACA

Saoirse would bring so much glamour to Room to Improve that I’m not sure Dermot would be able to handle it. Clients would be so over-awed that they wouldn’t question any of Dermot’s decisions and the budget wouldn’t even be up for debate.

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