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‘We are a valuable asset’: Thatcher fighting to keep his trade alive as industry reaches crisis point

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Thatchers Dennis Wright and Liam Murphy at a thatched property they are working on in Killawalla, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

Thatchers Dennis Wright and Liam Murphy at a thatched property they are working on in Killawalla, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

05/10/2022 Thatchers Dennis Wright and Liam Murphy at a thatched property they are working on in Killawalla, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

05/10/2022 Thatchers Dennis Wright and Liam Murphy at a thatched property they are working on in Killawalla, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

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Thatchers Dennis Wright and Liam Murphy at a thatched property they are working on in Killawalla, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

A 72-year-old thatcher who has come out of retirement to help keep the trade alive has said he feels “bitter” over how the State allowed the industry to reach crisis point.

Insurance issues, a nationwide shortage of thatchers and a lack of quality homegrown materials have led to concerns that a major part of Ireland’s heritage will be non-existent within a matter of years.


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