High vis and hard hats abound as DIY:SOS takes off in Mitchelstown

Baz Ashmawy, Paul Neilon, Anne McLoughlin, Tony Cross and Diarmuid Gavin on-site behind number 16 Kingston College on Tuesday afternoon. (Picture: Marian Roche)

The project to renovate eight houses in Kingston College kicked off in earnest this week, with Kings Square cordoned off to traffic, many high vis vests spied, and a general air of busyness about the historic square.

When The Avondhu called to have a nose around on Tuesday afternoon, there was a sense of a lot of bodies beavering away, but even with a reported 150 people on-site, it was generally peaceful and unchaotic.

Children from Ballyhoura Afterschool Mitchelstown were visiting from a safe distance on Tuesday, watching the action from the front green.

Meanwhile, a team of carpenters from Clonmel worked on resealing the antique windows which must be preserved, while furniture from the houses is also being salvaged and restored.

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