Ireland's first shipping container home gives Christmas joy to family in need
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Ireland's first shipping container home gives Christmas joy to family in need

IRELAND’S first shipping container home will provide much-needed shelter to a family in need this Christmas.

The Ripple project is providing a homeless family in Co. Longford with emergency accommodation ahead of the festive season, in the form a fully fitted-out, compact unit.

The container, which was donated to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP), a charity that tackles poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need, offers two bedrooms, a bathroom, plumbing, a kitchen and electrical appliances.

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Dublin-based Ceardean Architects designed the home, which is intended to be used by different families on an on going basis, housing three to four people at capacity.

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Project Manager Michael Malone told The Irish Post: “The project was intended to be used as a refuge for young families in need, and at present I believe it’s being used by a mother and her young children.

“We’ve also got plans to use the container concept to create cafes and for use in a glamping site in Sligo.”

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The unique feature about the container is that it was designed to require minimal specialist input and to enable self-builders with little skill to convert it into a home.

Mr Malone estimated the value of the project to be worth €60,000-€70,000, taking into account labour and materials.

But around 80-90 per cent of the material used to build the home was in fact donated by suppliers and those involved in the project.

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It took over 60 contractors to build the container – a single storey 40-foot by 10-foot unit - over a three day period during November 2014, after which it was exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art for a month.

It was then donated to SVP, which uses it for its current purpose, a refuge for families.