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The utility room on last night's Room To Improve was the envy of the entire country

Is there anything more Irish than a utility room?

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ON LAST NIGHT’S Room to Improve the country’s favourite jumper wearer Dermot Bannon proclaimed that surely nobody dreams of a great big utility room.

Dermot, my good man, how wrong you are.

Kelly, who was building a house in Moate with her husband Dessie Dolan (GAA star, aka Room To Improve royalty) wanted a utility room to die for. At one stage she was willing to lose a bedroom for it.


Dermot thought she was cracked. And viewers were kind of with him:

Mostly though. There was envy:

You could almost smell the utility room lust as people eyed their tiny kitchens with washing machines crammed under counters and fridges on top of tumble dryers:

Or the pure green-eyed monsters who do have their own utility room, but without the ironing bar Kelly demanded:

And in the end, we could all admit that a good utility room is worth its weight in gold.


Even Dermot, despite his snideyness, was won over in the end:

I think we underestimate how easy they actually make your life and Kelly was damn right to insist on it because I think it’s great.

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