Spe­cial­ist work needed on walls of Thatch Cot­tage

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

WORK needs to be car­ried out on the walls of the Thatch Cot­tage on the Donore Road to se­cure the prop­erty be­fore any­thing can be done to the roof, it has been re­vealed.

The is­sue was raised at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of Drogheda Mu­nic­i­pal District by Coun­cil­lor Frank God­frey who asked what as be­ing done to progress work on the build­ing and when the roof would be looked at.

‘ This cot­tage is on the his­toric route to New­grange which is passed by thou­sands of tourists ev­ery day and yet it is in a ter­ri­ble state,’ he said. ‘ The work has been com­pleted on Harty’s Cot­tage but noth­ing seems to be done. I sug­gest we write to the own­ers and aske them to carry out the nec­es­sary works asap.’

Re­spond­ing to the con­cerns raised, Se­nior Engi­neer Pat Finn said it has been iden­ti­fied that fur­ther work is needed to the walls of the cot­tage.

He said the walls are made of mud and so a spe­cial­ist provider in this field is need to carry out the works.

‘We are look­ing into that at the mo­ment but that work will be done by the coun­cil be­fore work is car­ried ou the roof,’ he said.

Mr Finn said some fund­ing had been re­ceived to­wards the nec­es­sary work.

The Thatch Cot­tage on the Donore Road be­came a listed struc­ture in 1901. It closed as a pub in 2005 and since then there has been much con­cern over it’s con­di­tion and the need to carry out re­pair work to safe­guard its fu­ture.

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