Harty's Cottage getting a make-over
A delighted Councillor Paul Bell Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council expressed his satisfaction with the commencement of restoration and rethatching works on one of Drogheda's only two remaining thatched cottages after a lengthy campaign.
"I am simply delighted that works to save Harty's Thatched Cottage on Crusrhod Avenue have at last commenced and will in short space of time see this once beautiful example of a traditional Irish cottage returned to it's former glory for all to enjoy. Monies secured under the endangered structures grant scheme some €50,000 in all will be fully spent on this project which I campaigned for, for over three years and I so happy I did" said Bell.
Commenting on the impact which the works will have on the local area the Cathaoirleach stated "The works are of a major nature, with not only thatching required but also the reconstruction of the Cottage's wall and roof. As such it is necessary to restrict traffic at the junction with Beechgrove as it is necessary to install scaffolding on the actual road. Hopefully weather permitting the works will be well on the way or completed by the Christmas holiday. I wish to thank all road users in advance for their co operation. I will of course keep my campaign running to have the Thatched Cottage on Donore Road fully restored in 2017".