Burnt By The Sun – RTE TV Series

Burnt By The Sun – RTE TV Series

Coming to your screens in March/April 2020 is a documentary series by Cornelia Street Productions for RTE TV, called ‘Burnt By The Sun’. Broadcast for Episode 1 is Monday March 30th 2020 at 9.35pm. Episode 2 airs on April 6th, also at 9.35pm. Both will be broadcast on Ireland’s RTE 1 TV station. If you are outside Ireland the player won’t work for you, drop me a line at info@diarmaidcondon.com to discuss other ways you may be able to access it.

Despite the rather salacious title, the premise of the series is rather more serious than it might first appear. Its intention is to examine the problems encountered by Irish citizens who have purchased property abroad and discuss any potential remedies available to them, if any.

You can find details of what is covered in Episode 2 and a review of ‘Burnt By The Sun’ Episode 1 here.

Here is the promo for the series:


If you have any issues you feel may be of interest to the documentary team, drop an email to jess@corneliastreetproductions.com.

The Press Release from the ‘Burnt By The Sun’ PR team runs as follows:

Burnt By The Sun

‘Burnt by The Sun’ is a two part documentary series for RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster, which may also potentially be screened by other broadcasters.

It is due for transmission in March/April 2020. Filming will take place between November 2019 and January 2020. The main locations will be Spain, France, Bulgaria, Ireland, Dubai, Turkey, Portugal and Cape Verde.

Irish people share their stories of buying property abroad during Celtic Tiger times and the road they’ve travelled since. The programme will reveal how, over fifteen years later, some buyers are still struggling to escape what has become a never-ending nightmare. Others are resigned to the ongoing cost of their investment while many continue to battle on, trying to recoup their losses.

Each of our stories will focus on a different dilemma – those who bought off-plan property that was never completed, buyers still paying hefty mortgages today for their unrealised dreams. Illegally built homes, some demolished or awaiting the arrival of the bulldozers, many without access to basic utilities like water and electricity. As a result, the properties are uninhabitable and unsaleable.

Some buyers have discovered their leases are virtually perpetual and selling-on involves fines and penalties often greater than the value of the property.

Overseas owners continue to wrestle with difficult decisions in the face of, in some instances, plummeting values with uninhabitable or unsaleable homes.

Experts will offer insights into those who took the plunge and those who are still thinking of investing or buying their dream holiday home today. We will update on recent developments whereby old laws have been dusted off, enforced but also amended and reveal new laws that have been put in place.

Archive material will remind us of the economic climate of the time and the lure of easy return and ‘risk free’ investments.

Where possible, we will offer hope, advice and new options to those navigating through difficulties with overseas properties and ask decision makers and influencers what they can and will do to protect Irish and European consumers with property abroad. As we ask the question – would buying abroad today be any different?

Cornelia Street Productions
16 Fitzwilliam Square E,
Dublin 2,
D02 H271
00353 1 662 1030

Email: nualac@corneliastreetproductions.com

Burnt By The Sun

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Diarmaid Condon is Ireland's foremost Independent Overseas Property Consultant and Journalist. He has been in the industry since 1995 and, in that time, has been a strong advocate for improved legal protection in the sector.


  1. I lost £70,000 on two properties at Vilamoura Portugal through bad advice by British people and the boss of the business was valued at £180,000,000 at the young age around 35 years of age, and owns a football club playing in the English leagues. If I lost that amount, how many more innocent people losing similar amount to me, have been robbed of their pensions and life savings? Thousands of people have been robbed and he still walks around a free man that should have been locked away for a long time. Even a lot of his employees have lost a lot of money by him not paying them their wages and bonus money!! How can this be legal and not punished by the Police and Fraud Squads within the UK??? It beggars belief!!!

  2. I lost over 40k buying with MRI in Cape Verde, nothing but lies from the very beginning just to get me to buy.

  3. I’m afraid MRI left a lot of people out of pockets with thousands lost on deposits and rentals/after-sales services. Despite all the many legal cases against the executives of MRI nothing has ever been returned to any of the affected buyers.

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