Fingal Thatch project

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council has now launched the report on the Fingal Thatch Project 2022, prepared by Carrig Conservation International on behalf of Fingal Heritage Office.

The launch, by Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony took place last Thursday in the Casino Malahide, a beautifully restored thatched building which is of significant historical importance to Fingal’s architectural heritage.  

As is the case across Ireland, Fingal’s thatched buildings have been in decline since the 1950s. Supported by the Heritage Council, the Fingal Thatch Project not only documents the county’s surviving thatched building stock but has engaged with the community and custodians of thatched buildings, to better understand the issues that contribute to the loss.

“An important element of this project is capturing the social history of thatch in Fingal” said Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony. “Thatch owners and thatcher’s themselves have contributed photos, and memories and traditions that have been recorded on a digital storymap for future generations”.

‘Findings from the project, which are presented in the survey undertaken add to the wider understanding of thatch in Ireland today’ said Fingal Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly ‘So that positive actions, like those of the Fingal Conservation Office’s Stitch in Time grants, can be implemented to safeguard this finite cultural resource’.

Fingal Heritage Officer Christine Baker thanked all who contributed to the project, thatchers, owners and community groups, the project steering group, Carrig Conservation consultants and the Heritage Council.

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