Sunday 22 July 2018

Work to begin on thatch repairs

Campaign to save the town's last two traditional cottages in advance of Fleadh

Structural works on the old Thatch public house on the Donore Road will commence in May and an additional grant of €10,000 under the Government's Built Heritage Investment Scheme on top of a grant €10,000 under the endangered buildings scheme issued in 2017 has given a huge boost of confidence to the project.

Cllr Paul Bell says the campaign to save the last two remaining thatched cottages in the town has come just in time for the thousands of visitors who will arrive for Fleadh Cheol Na hEireann in August.

"I am very pleased with this development and indeed with the actions of Louth County who responded to my persistent calls and unrelenting campaign to assist in protecting both Cottages by seeking Government funding under the various funding streams available for such projects.

'While the grants for the Thatch Pub will not cover every costs relating to the full restoration of this historic piece of our local heritage it will go a long way in assisting the property owners whom have also committed to fund the necessary works". Bell said

Councillor Bell also confirmed that the initial works of restoring the buildings walls was delayed until May as the skilled labour required was not available.

He also confirmed that a well known master thatcher from County Louth will complete the thatch roof and that finished project will look as splendid as the Harty's Cottage on Crushrod Avenue.

Drogheda Independent