Repairs to the recently vandalised Thatch gets underway. Photo: Jummy Weldon.
Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell has praised the commitment of Seamus Domegan, the owner of the former Thatch Pub on Donore Road, for his unselfish commitment to the town’s heritage and local community.
The Mayor’s remarks come as, for the second time in less than twelve months, Mr Domegan has had the thatch roof of the old disused cottage repaired after two separate arson attacks which caused substantial damage.
“I have to say I was moved to once again to witness the skilled and dedicated thatcher plying his craft on the damaged segment of the roof” Bell said.
“I was also interested to see the number of citizens from all generations stopping to admire the thatching craft and the resulting work.
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“While I obviously hope and pray that not further mindless damage will be targeted against this beautiful roof, I really feel that Seamus and his colleagues deserve all our gratitude for demonstrating great courage and determination not to succumb to criminal acts perpetrated by a mindless few.”
Mayor Bell concluded by stating “I intend to restore Harty’s Cottage with the help of Peter Childs, our local Master Thatcher, in 2020. I am working on costings for this work which will include restoration of the thatch roof and white washing of the walls.”