A young Irish couple attempted an ambitious restoration of a two-room schoolhouse in Cavan built in the 1890's. Click on the gallery above to see all the before and after pics!

Ronan Fitzpatrick and his fiancé Mary Rahill restored the local schoolhouse as their family home. It has extra significance for Ronan as he and his father before him went to school there as children.

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The restoration is an ambitious move as this building has been derelict for years and was due to be demolished. It was originally built for functionality. not comfort.

You can watch the episode on RTÉ Player now.

Schoolhouse
The two-room schoolhouse

Situated on the side of the main Dublin-Cavan road means that there is a noise issue that will need to be resolved. Mary & Ronan hope to complete the project within a year while planning a wedding at the same time.

Their aim is to keep the main kitchen & living space in the old schoolhouse and build a timber clad extension at the back to give them extra rooms. Ronan is aiming to achieve all this for under €200,000.

Watch The Great House Revival on the RTÉ Player here and watch the series live on RTÉ One Sunday evenings at 9:30pm.