DIY SOS Ireland, RTE Television. Series 2, Episode New Ross.
This was the garden I designed and realised alongside a bizillion miracles and angels, as one part of an amazing build team and you, who made the magic really real.
From DIY SOS Ireland:
The first episode features the most challenging build to date for the DIY SOS team in Shanbough, just barely on the Kilkenny side of the River Barrow, which runs through New Ross. The build started in an empty field, which was gifted to Johnny Alyward by his elderly, bachelor uncle John. Johnny was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in November 2020, and discovered in early 2021 that he has the most aggressive type. He and his wife Lynn have two young boys together, one of whom is on the autism spectrum and for whom Lynn acts as full time carer. They were living with Lynn’s older sons Cian and Aaron, in New Ross, when Johnny was diagnosed and they were left with no means of adapting or owning a house that would cater for him as the disease advances.
Uncle John decided it was time for Johnny to come home to his beloved Kilkenny and so he gave them a field on his land, adjacent to his own house. The DIY SOS team were more than happy to help Johnny, Lynn and their boys, as well as Johnny’s older kids from his previous marriage, Aaron, Colin and Kelley, to realise their dream to bring Johnny home and build him a house that will provide security and comfort for him and his family throughout his remaining days and into the future for his young family.
Photograph courtesy Roadstone Retail
- Series Construction: Liam & Anthony, Collen Construction
- Series Garden Designer – Peter, Peter Donegan Garden Design
- Interior Design: Aoife & Cathal – Restless Design
DIY SOS The Big Build is proudly sponsored by SSE AIrtricity
Photograph courtesy Luke W Cleary Photography