DIY enthusiast Nick O’Donoghue is appearing on a new RTÉ show competing to take home the title of Ireland’s DIY king and a cash prize of €10,000.
The Big DIY Challenge, hosted by comedian PJ Gallaher, asks people across the country to fix-up, renovate, recreate or remaster a piece of their home within a 10-day period.
Nick, aged 34 from Bandon, has been renovating the interior of his home since it was built in 2013 and entered the RTÉ competition after seeing a sponsored advertisement about the project on Facebook.
“I did a lot of the internal work on the house myself,” Nick told The Echo.
“I decided to fix up my 13-month-old son Lorcan’s ‘big boy’ bedroom for when he is a little bit older.”
He had two long weekends and two days off to complete the project which he envisaged having a secret reading cubby hole for his young son.
He also had to build a four-door wardrobe and a number of cabinets for the room.
“PJ surprised me in my workshop one day, I was just in there with a cameraman and he appeared!
“He was great craic, really good fun. I explained the project to him and he seemed dubious that I could get it all done on time but he wished me luck with it all the same!”
The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry, he said.
“I had a lot of work to do and paint takes a long time to dry. There was one night, it was 11pm and I knew I had to paint the cabinet doors that night or I would lose a day waiting for it to dry. It was tough.”
He wanted to build a reading nook for Lorcan because he hopes reading will be as important to his son as it is to him.
The show is judged by Trinity University lecturer in Construction Jennifer Byrne and power tools specialist at Woodie’s Tullamore, Michal Dachowski.
Nick is one of the contestants on The Big DIY Challenge this Tuesday, July 9, airing on RTÉ One at 8.30pm.