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Baz Ashmawy praised for ‘beautiful series’ as DIY SOS Ireland wraps up

Baz Ashmawy has been praised for his “beautiful series” DIY SOS Ireland, as the show wrapped up on Sunday.

The series saw Baz and a team of volunteers help change the lives of different deserving families across the nation by renovating their homes in a number of days.

The final episode of the heartwarming show aired on RTÉ on Sunday evening, which saw the team visit The Guihen family in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.


Dermot and Denise Guihen looked to the team to help make their home more efficient to care for their twin boys Shay and Finn, who suffer from a rare genetic condition called Pfeiffer Syndrome. 

The nine-year-old boys rely on tracheotomies to allow them to breathe, and their hearing and site has also been impaired. 

The children are fed through a feeding tube, with Shay also being diagnosed with autism. 

Speaking about the family, Baz said: “I’ve met wonderful parents on DIY SOS Ireland, who I’ve learned so much from but none more than Dermot and Denise Guihen.

“They have three gorgeous boys, little Riley and his twin brothers Shay Shay and Finny who  were diagnosed with Pfeiffer syndrome.”

 “The twins weren’t supposed to live past 6 weeks. That was 9 years ago,” Baz continued.

“This episode is about miracles. The boys are miracles and the volunteers that came out during a pandemic are miracles too.

“Against all odds, they did it! Trust me this will make you proud to be Irish.”

Taking to Twitter, viewers praised Baz for his emotional and feel-good series, giving them perspective during the challenging times being faced. 


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This weeks DIY SOS episode is sadly our last in the series and we are off to Leixlip in Co.Kildare to help The Guihen Family. 🏠✨ Joining us for our last Big Build is our new Design Team: made up of architects David Shannon and Niall Browne, and interior designer Kerry Hiddleston. David and Niall together form The-architects. Based in Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin, they both have extensive experience in domestic and commercial work. From home renovations and extensions through to one off houses, housing developments and commercial fit outs. They can’t wait to bring their creative and innovative ideas to DIY SOS and help make The Guihens house a modern yet functional family home. Kerry Hiddleston, of hiddlestoninteriordesign, originally worked in finance and decided to make the transition to interior design whilst on maternity leave and hasn’t looked back. Kerry’s focus is to understand the clients needs and deliver a beautiful and practical space but with a ‘wow’ factor. Kerry knows a good design stands the test of time and is excited to be part of the DIY SOS team and bring her own signature design flair to the build. Make sure to tune into the final episode of DIY SOS The Big Build Ireland, this Sunday at 6:30pm on RTE 1. 🛠❤️ #DIYSOSIRL

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 One viewer tweeted: “That’s a wrap! The programme that gave perspective and filled our hearts with joy. Well done #diysos team, brilliant series. #DIYSOSIRL

Another wrote: “The community of kindness circling in around the Guihen family to transform their home was human beings at their very best. Utterly beautiful.

“Wishing them many happy times there together. Very well done to @bazashmawy & all involved in #DIYSOSIRL. A powerful, beautiful series.”



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