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Tuesday, 14th May 2019

Joined-up thinking needed to preserve heritage buildings

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 Donaghy's Mill on fire on the evening of March 15th this year. Photo: Anthony Murphy.

“It is imperative that resources be made available to guarantee their restoration” – Old Drogheda Society

The Old Drogheda Society has responded to recent arson attacks on heritage buildings in the town including the Thatch pub and Donaghy’s Mill saying they are painful reminders of the need to continue to preserve Drogheda’s heritage.

They say that what is required is some joined-up thinking to preserve these buildings “…so that they can not only be admired as part of our history, but will bring more industry and tourism to Drogheda.”

“It is difficult to understand such wanton destruction of our heritage” they said in a statement issued this afternoon.

The Thatch Pub which is over two hundred years old is one of only a few mud wall buildings left in the North East, while Donaghy’s Mill is one of the last remaining monuments to Drogheda’s industrial past as a textile mill in the nineteenth century and then as a shoe manufacturing business set up by the Donaghy Family in the 1930’s.

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“The Drogheda people who gave their backing to the campaign to close Laurence Gate to traffic and supported the restoration of the Old Abbey and who over the years have given their time and money to maintain and showcase our rich historical legacy are no doubt fearful that Donaghy’s Mill and the Thatch will be left derelict” the ODS said.   

“Given the history of these buildings and their importance to heritage of our city it is imperative that resources be made available to guarantee their restoration as a matter of urgency. They should not be left in their present condition to deteriorate further.”

The Old Drogheda Society called on public and private enterprise to come together to ensure that the necessary work will be  carried out to preserve these buildings for future generations, instead of letting them deteriorate to such a condition that they will be demolished and lost forever.

Fire crews deal with the aftermath of the first fire at The Thatch on February 23rd 2019.

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