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Our architectural heritage is one of the most tangible aspects of our heritage. By conserving our historic buildings we help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy as part of their heritage, just as we do now.

C18th Farm Building, Co. Louth

According to the owner, this outbuilding dates from c.1700. It predates the main farmhouse and features on the 1837 Ordnance Survey map. It appears to have formed part of a cluster of buildings further to the west of the farmhouse. The structure appears to have been truncated from its original length with a mass concrete gable bookend but still retains much of its original character. It is constructed of masonry walls with a limewash finish and a slated timber roof. It features prominent masonry piers and a bell tower feature which was used to call farm workers to their meals.
A grant was awarded in 2012 for the partial repair of the slate roof, along with localised repairs to stonework and external joinery.

Conservation Consultant:
Fergal McGirl, North Great Georges Street, D. 1.   
Contractor: M.J. Duffy & Sons Ltd, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co Louth.
Wildlife Expert: Tina Aughney of Bat Eco Services, Virginia, Co Cavan.

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C19th Farm Building, Co. Kerry 

This outbuilding is part of an historic farmhouse grouping dating back to c.1875 situated in the Iveragh Gaeltacht, close to Waterville and the Ring of Kerry. This building and its associated range and farmhouse, is a typical and an all too rare example of a south Kerry Farm dating from the late 19th Century.

The entire original grouping of buildings has been exceptionally well maintained over the intervening period. The building still retains its original character, including the original accommodation of two Cow Houses, a Stable and a Pig House, with timber floored lofts at either end of the range, including the original stone access stairs. The farm building is constructed in local sandstone with a timber structured and Valentia slated roof. A grant was awarded in 2012 for the repair of the original Valentia slate roof, along with localised stonework and lintel repairs.  

Conservation Consultant: Rod Robinson, Waterville, Co Kerry.  
Contractor: Neil O’Shea, Waterville, Co. Kerry; Patrick O’Neill, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry; Michael King Construction, Killarney, Co Kerry & John Fitzgerald, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry.
Wildlife Expert: Gerard Tobin, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

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