There cannot have been a horsebox or container in Ireland that’s been allowed to lead a quiet life these past few months.
None has escaped our beady eyes and fevered imaginations as we calculate their potential.
Some intrepid business-minded folk have followed through and actually opened up a coffee box, gourmet snack outlet or hipster workspace in one of these mobile units, but who among has not fantasised about reinventing one?
Well, kudos to super-creative Caitríona Bergin. The Rossinver, Co Leitrim, artist transformed a shipping unit into the most appealing of multi-functional outdoor rooms — complete with art studio and office.
Caitríona’s container conversion ensured she was one of the two finalists on this week’s Big DIY Challenge on RTÉ One.
Host PJ Gallagher caught up with Caitríona who is, as he describes it, “living the good life on a small farm in north Leitrim”.
Of her move to Leitrim and DIY odyssey, the artist says: “When I left Dublin flat-pack was kind of the way it was. I was never afraid to do anything, put up a few shelves and things like that — but when I came up here [DIY] was just a necessity; you have to know how to do stuff.”
And before our eyes, Caitríona zips into action, transforming the…