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Thatch Cottage, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

The thatched cottage at Ballygarran in the village of Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford has housed generations of the same Irish family for over 150 years. The cottage has been part of the local landscape throughout that time and though simple in construction, has morphed and developed with each generation in order to meet its changing needs. The cottage has been in the family of the current owner since at least the 1860s and was restored as part of a wider renovation project in 2012. Works included consolidation of the roof structure and windows, re-pointing of the chimney flues and breast and repair of the mud walls. The cottage is listed as a protected structure in the Record of Protected Structures for Co. Wexford.

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History of the Cottage

The earliest map depicting the cottage is the 1839-40 OS map and its earliest known inhabitants are the grant-recipient's great-great-grandparents, Patrick and Mary Redmond. The Redmonds were school teachers in the National School across the road from the cottage. Sometime after the Redmonds became residents, the cottage was extended to the west, a lobby added to the north elevation, the gables had a window added and the brick chimney was included. These changes converted the cottage into the hearth-lobby arrangement with the surviving 'six-over-six' timber sash windows that we recognise today.

The change in the outlook of the dwelling, from being south-facing (towards the farmyard) to being north-facing (towards the National School and the Church) reflects the elevated status of the occupants as school teachers.

Read the Survey Report undertaken by Jimmy Lenehan here (2012) [pdf 1mb].

Read the Report on Works submitted by the grant-recipient (2012) [pdf 852kb].

The grant-recipient maintains an informative blog on the project which can be accessed here:

This project received €5,000 in grant-aid from the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Scheme in 2012.