Thursday 19 October 2017

Viewers fell in love with this Brussels sprout farmer on Room to Improve

Dermot Bannon, Enda and Mags on Room to Improve
Dermot Bannon, Enda and Mags on Room to Improve
Enda and Dermot. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Enda and Mags' new home. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Enda and Dermot Bannon get to work. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Dermot and Enda and a sea of Brussels sprouts
Mags and Enda. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE

Sasha Brady

Viewers were completely charmed with the home owners on Sunday night's Room to Improve.

On last night's episode Dermot Bannon travelled to North County Dublin, to help Mags and Enda realise their dream of building a town house.

Mags and Enda. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Mags and Enda. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE

Farmer and boatbuilder Enda and his wife Mags lived on a 55-acre brussel sprout farm at Balheary near Swords in North Dublin.

The couple were selling their family house in the countryside on the edge of the capital and making the move to Rush so that they could be closer to more amenities, mainly pints.

Dermot and Enda and a sea of Brussels sprouts
Dermot and Enda and a sea of Brussels sprouts

"I'd like the privilege of walking for a pint," said Enda when Dermot asked him what inspired him to move to Dublin.

After three decades of life in the country, they moved back to Enda’s home town – the picturesque seaside village of Rush.

Their new home, formerly owned by Enda’s aunt is an old fisherman’s house near the harbour.

With big plans for a large extension and a viewing turret, Enda took control of the project himself as a self-build.

Enda and Dermot. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Enda and Dermot. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE

Impressed by an initial plan drawn up by Enda and Mags' son David, an architecture student, Dermot first had to convince his clients not to create a tunnel through the house, for cars to park out the back.

It was the first of many challenges for the architect, who struggles to adapt the design as Enda, and his crew of family and farmhands plough ahead with the build, seemingly making it up as they go along.

Enda and Dermot Bannon get to work. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Enda and Dermot Bannon get to work. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE

The Brussels sprout farmer was passionate about the project and wasn't going to be swayed by any doubtful comments from Dermot.

Viewers loved his 'can-do' attitude and were really impressed by how fast he got through the work.

Enda and Mags' new home. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Enda and Mags' new home. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE

Poor Dermot struggled to keep up with him and his crew, muttering a few "Ah Jesus Enda" comments under his breath.

"There's just no stopping Enda," his wife Mags said.

Of course, everything worked out in the end and all the hard work paid off as Enda and Mags eventually moved into the home they'd built from scratch.

Enda and Dermot have their first pint. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE
Enda and Dermot have their first pint. Pic: Room to Improve / RTE

And Enda walked to the local pub, bringing Dermot with him for a drink.

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