Specialist work needed on walls of Thatch Cottage
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.