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Planning permission Baz Ashmawy hopes second series of DIY SOS is in the pipeline

Baz revealed that he is already inundated with messages and pleas from needy families hoping that they can take part if a second series is commissioned

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Baz in Limerick with the incredible volunteers who helped with Amy Mulcahy’s house

Baz in Limerick with the incredible volunteers who helped with Amy Mulcahy’s house

Baz in Limerick with the incredible volunteers who helped with Amy Mulcahy’s house

Baz Ashmawy hopes that a second series of DIY SOS Ireland gets planning permission from RTÉ. 

The heartwarming series has proved a massive ratings hit with audiences with two of the three shows bring in an excess of 500,000 per episode.

This Irish version of the UK format 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.

Sunday night’s episode turned out to be the season finale as production was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And Baz revealed that he is already inundated with messages and pleas from needy families hoping that they can take part if a second series is commissioned.

“I was supposed to make four episodes and we lost out on one because of the virus”, he told the Sunday World.

“I never second guess these things but you would think that it connected with people and it did a lot of good and made a difference.

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Baz with Amy Mulcahy

Baz with Amy Mulcahy

Baz with Amy Mulcahy

“It is that sort of show where we should be trying to make ten of them a year, and yes, I would do it in the morning.

“I have had a lot of people contacting me and the truth is there are a lot of people out there that need help that are in a bad way.

“We don’t have a shortage of people who need help but it is down to the channel and the producers but I would do it in a heartbeat and fingers crossed they will.”

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.

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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 end result was a complete and life changing home make-over that gave the nation a much needed emotional boost.

But more importantly for Baz, it scored him some valuable brownie points with his former co-star; mum Nancy.

“It is the funny thing, it is very seldom I do stuff and my mother pats me on the back,” he said.

“But she is delighted; she just loves the show.

“She loves what it does for the families and the sense of community that it inspires.

“Nancy is old-school Irish and she loves the people doing it for others.

“The generosity of spirit and kindness, that is what my mum lives for and she absolutely loves the show.

“So, for that reason alone, to keep on the good side of my ma, I hope it lasts for many more years.”

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