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€10k prize up for grabs on TV show for DIY fans


Presenter: Comedian PJ Gallagher says he’s delighted to be back on the RTE show

Presenter: Comedian PJ Gallagher says he’s delighted to be back on the RTE show

Presenter: Comedian PJ Gallagher says he’s delighted to be back on the RTE show

People from Northern Ireland who know a drill bit from an Allen key could use their DIY skills to land €10,000.

The search is on for projects, both big and small, across Ireland for The Big DIY Challenge.

Broadcast on RTE, The Big DIY Challenge is open to residents of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

It follows projects being undertaken around the island over 10 days this March.

Participants will compete for the top prize as well as cash prizes for projects in four categories. These are best small project; best inside project; best outdoor project and best upcycling project.

The show is presented by PJ Gallagher, one of Ireland's top comedians, who co-hosts PJ & Jim in the Morning on Classic Hits.

He said: "It's great to be the most unskilled worker on the best DIY show in the country.

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"It's going to be great craic being on the road for a whole 10 days, I've ruined things over years but it's very hard to ruin anything in that space of time.

"In 10 days I might even get something productive done.

"I'm delighted to be back with the show and there's no better time than now to get going on a thought or an idea you might have had for ages".

The makers of the show, Vision Independent Productions, are urging those with a flair for DIY who have their eye on a DIY job next month or those who would like to tackle a job they have been procrastinating on to get in touch.

Each of the projects will be assessed by two judges - Jennifer Byrne, lecturer in construction at Technological University Dublin, and woodcare expert Jimmy Englezos from Ronseal who is the face - and brains - behind the brand's new how to guide series.

They will decide who wins the top prize.

Jennifer said: "It's amazing to be back on The Big DIY Challenge and I'm really looking forward to seeing what DIY Projects people come up with this time around.

"The standard and imagination last year was incredible and I expect this year's projects to be even better."

To take part, submit your plans in advance online at: rte.ie/lifestyle.

Registration closes on Friday February 26 at 11pm.

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