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Monday, 14th May 2018

Restoration of ‘Thatch’ cottage begins

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Work under way on the Thatch cottage at Donore Road.

Work has commenced on the restoration of the former Thatch pub on the Donore Road which has been allowed to deteriorate for many years to an extent where it was in danger of collapse.

Councillor Paul Bell has campaigned for five years for the conservation of this protected structure, which is one of only two thatched cottages remaining intact in Drogheda.

“Having secured grant funding and support from Council and the property owner, works have commenced inside the building” Cllr. Belll said.

“Skilled conservation workers are restoring the walls of the building and the wooden beams which support the roof. The work is complex and absolutely essential for the rethatching of the roof which will commence hopefully this month or early June” he added.

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“Having seen the wonderful work performed on Harty’s Cottage on Crushrod Avenue by Peter Childs our local Master Thatcher I am really look forward to his creation on the Donore Road building.

Bell said he was convinced that the work on the cottage, including the necessary white washing, will be completed in time for the Fleadh in August and pointed out that it is located on an entrance route to the town.

“First impressions last!” he said.

As yet there has not been any mention of what future use, if any, the two thatched cottages will be put to. 

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