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Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Harty’s Cottage attacked by vandals once again

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Harty's cottage this morning with the roof half removed and the front door smashed in.

The old thatch-roofed farmhouse at the corner of Beechgrove and Crushrod Avenue, known as Harty’s Cottage, was attacked last night by vandals for the second time since it was restored in 2018.

This morning the smell of burning still lingers in the area around the cottage which is in a terrible state, the front door has been smashed in to reveal the interior which is a total mess.

Mayor Paul Bell, who spearheaded a campaign to have the cottage restored, spoke of his deep sadness on hearing of the attack and subsequent damage to what is one of Drogheda’s last remaining two thatched cottages.

“I can only say that I am saddened by this act of vandalism on a building which represents the history of the local community and our town” he said.

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“I managed to secure funding from Council to restore the roof to its former glory and also to whitewash the walls.

“All works undertaken were funded through Louth County Council and grants secured under various Government programmes.

“This is the second fire attack on the building and I had hoped that this year I could secure funding for further works on the cottage. I am unclear now as to how this will develop” he said.

“Gallant efforts were made by Louth Fire Service Drogheda to save the roof and I am grateful those firefighters ensuring that the roof was not totally destroyed which allows for a decision to be made by Council if any additional monies would be available for repair works.

The cottage is private property and not owned by Louth County Council who have supported the restoration of the building in the past in recognition that the owner was not in a position to fund the necessary works.

“I also wish to acknowledge the response of Gardaí to the incident and note that they have made arrests and have a line of enquiry” concluded the Mayor.

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