Roofers/ Blacksmiths/ Metalwork/ Steeplejacks

Killaloe Substitutes-
Alternative slates to Killaloes, which are imported from Brazil, can be obtained from Tegral under the trade name ‘Pendennis’ and from Capco under the name ‘Barcamp’
They are reckoned to be acceptable alternatives to Portroe/Killalloe slates

Blue Heather Bangor Substitutes-
In the case of ‘Blue Heather’ / Bangor slates suitable alternatives are being imported by Tegral from Newfoundland under the name ‘Canadian Heather’

Anvil Engineering
48 Ballyrickard Road
Raloo,
Larne,
Co. Antrim
BT40 3EQ
tel: 048 28277350
Specialist welding and repair, architectural ironwork, historic machinery, iron, bronze, aluminium.

Apex Gutter and Drainage Company
Esgair Farm Estate 
Llanbrynmair
Powys
Wales SY197DU
0650 521496
Custom Made cast iron rainwater goods

B&M Welding Services 
Beechmount Industrial Estate 
Navan
Co Meath
Phone 046-9076920, 087-2237039

Mr. Edward Bisgood 
Bushy Park Ironworks Ltd.
The Forge, Units 22 - 24 Greenhills Business Park Tallaght Dublin 24 
Phone 01 4622788 Fax 01 4622790 Mobile N/A Email bushypark@indigo.ie 
www.bushyparkironworks.com

Finn Steeplejacks 
Addinstown
Delvin
Co Westmeath 
tel: 046 30219
fax: 046 30082
( Chimney design, Construction and Maintenance, Lightning Conductor Engineers, Industrial Painting Contractor, Church Restoration Specialist )

Gates and Craftmetal Products Ltd
2 Glenavy Road
Ballinderry
Co Antrim BT28 2EU
tel: 048 92652555
Metal furniture, chairs, tables, bespoke metalwork

Mr. Paul Heade
Heade Forgecraft
Blackfriary Trim Co. Meath
Tel: 046 31055
headeforgecraft@eircom.net

Mr. John Lavelle
J.L. Ornamental Castings
Unit 3B Twin Spires Industrial Estate 155, Northumberland Street, Belfast BT13 2JF Northern Ireland
Tel: 0801232 244007
Fax: 0801232 244002

J.& J. Longbottom Ltd
Bridge Foundry
Holmfirth
Nr Huddersfield HD9 7AW
England
01484 682141
Cast Iron Specialties – rainwater goods, ornamental hopperheads, gully gratings, etc.

David Mitchell
e-mail: scottishironwork.org

J.Rainey & Co. Ltd. 
Balheary Rd.
Swords
Co. Dublin tel: 01 8401515
roofers, stonework, bricklayers, plasterworkers, steeplejacks. 
Ref: Townley Hall, Co Louth, Navan Church of Ireland.

Mr. Ray Rennick 
Proflo Ltd. 
Phillinstown, Trim, Co. Meath 
Phone 046 9481580 Fax 046 9481582 Mobile 087 9536556 Email rayrennick@proflo.ie 
Supply of cast iron rainwater disposal systems, i.e. gutters and downpipes

Stoneware Studios
Pillmore
Youghal
Co. Cork
024-90117 / 024-90114, mail@stonewarestudios.com, www.stonewarestudios.com
supplier of Cast Iron Rainwater goods, Hydraulic lime, lime putty, natural clay paint and plaster.

Thatch

Brondak ( Paul Dawson ) 
17 Rathfarnham Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W
Tel: 01 4903237, 086 8821937, fax: 01-4903238, e-mail: brondak@indigo.ie
Roofs thatched in reed or straw. Also experience in general restoration of both stone wall and earth wall cottages

Peter Childs, Master Thatcher
27 Ard Raith Wood
Tullyallen
Drogheda
Co Louth
Tel: 087-2863602
Also grows and supplies straw.

Christopher Brereton
Moods,
Robertstown
Co Kildare
Tel: 045-860303

Mr Stephen Coady
64 Shenick Rd
Skerries
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01-8494252

John Conlin, Thatcher. 
Mucknagh,
Glassan
Co. Westmeath, 
Tel: 0902 85784

Thomas Collins, thatcher 
Tel: 061 454896

Martin Fanning
11, The Rise
Balrothery
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01-8411185

Anthony Fanning
Convent Lane
Skerries
Co Dublin
Tel:

Jimmy Feeney,
Thatcher, 
Fennor, 
Old Castle 
Co. Meath
Tel: 049 41519 mobile: 086 8143519 
Supplier of old breed of straw - Squarehead's Master which he grows himself. Also offers advice on plumbing and underfloor heating and repairs to mud walls

Paul Johnson
Cockleshell Cottage
Ornamore Castle,
Oranmore
Co. Galway.

Jimmy Lenehan,
Thatcher,
Co Kilkenny 
Tel: 087 2736930

Joe Leonard,
thatcher
Esker, Killoe,
Ballinalee
Co Longford 
Tel: 043-23338, 087-9980751

Tom O’Byrne,
Thatcher, 
41, Townparks Navan Co. Meath
tel: 046-9071222 , mobile: 087-2764079
Long straw and reed thatcher - scallop maker - hurdle maker - mud wall restoration.

Kyron O’Grady
St. Kieran’s
Backhill Rd.
Howth
Co. Dublin

Eric Puffett,
Master Thatcher & Partner
Mole Cottage
King’s Nympton
Umberleigh,
N. Devon,
England
EX37 9SS
01879 580753

Donagh Quigley
White Gables
Headfort Place
Kells
Tel: 086-8873683

Dermot Redmond,
Thatcher, 
Bayview
Clonard Little,
Co. Wexford.
Tel: 053-23797 mobile: 087 2451479

Joe Kellegher, Builder 086 –2537228, 
Ref: Belshamstown Thatched cottage - repair of mud walls

Grower/Supplier

Dominick Gryson
The Straw and Reed Company of Ireland
‘Teachlaure’
Baile Mhae
Teamhair ( Tara ) 
Co. Meath
Tel: 046-9026817, 087-4173529 
e-mail: gryson@eircom.net

Contractors

Joe Kellegher, contractor 086 –2537228, 
Ref: Belshamstown Thatched cottage - repair of mud walls

Consultants for Thatched buildings

Brian Simpson,
Thatcher ( will advise on repairs )
5 The Park, 
Balbriggan St. 
Skerries, Co. Dublin . 
tel: 01 849 4224 mobile : 087 2396 345 
email: briansimpson@eircom.net

Consultant Engineers

Dermot Nolan & Associates
Claremount
Meath Road
Bray 
Co. Wicklow
Tel: 01-2762626 fax: 01-2762626

Conservation Projects:

Mayglass Earth Buildings Project Wexford 1997
Belshamstown Thatched cottage

Architects

Jerry McManus
Rockmount,
Claregalway
Co. Galway
Tel: 091-798874

Nicki Matthews, Conservation Architect
42 Ashgrove Avenue
Naas 
Co. Kildare
Tel; 045 895575, 086 1799913, e-mail: nickimatthews@elive.ie

Grants available from

Conservation Grants for Protected Structures,
Planning Department,
Meath County Council
Abbey Road
Navan
Co Meath

Dept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Government Offices,
Ballina
Co Mayo
Tel: 096-70677, LOCALL 1890-30-50-30, Fax 096-24222
thatching grants – 096-24200, primary residence only, not holiday homes.

The Heritage Council: Buildings at Risk
Rothe House
Kilkenny

Owners’ Website : http://www.irishthatchowners.com/

Insurance for Thatched Buildings

Below are a few relevant addresses regarding thatched houses. Owners should phone around - you might get very different responses depending on the circumstances. Sample Quote for house approx worth €200,000 with €20,000 contents January 2006

FBD INSURANCE,
Head Office: Bluebell, Dublin 12, Tel: 01 409 3200
Kevin Whittle, Ashe House, Ardkeen, Dunmore Road, Waterford. Office 051 8500377
FBD quotes for people with pre-existing farm business so the cottage gets added onto the general farm insurance. Subject to survey but they do quote.

FBD Insurance (Joseph Downey)
Donore Rd. 
Drogheda, 
Co. Louth, Tel: 041 9836384

FINSURE LTD 
Bridge House
Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Tel. 01 668 7966
Quote of €1123 average house not thatch €400

HICKEY, CLARKE & LANGAN LTD 
Academy Court
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal 
Tel. 074 912 6688
Main residence approx €900, holiday rental €1,100. Discount for new build with burglar alarm

ALAN B. KIDD & CO. 
Kidd Insurances
Unit 6, Block E, 
Nutgrove Office Park, 
Rathfarnham, 
Dublin 14
Tel. 01 207 9400

SHERIDAN INSURANCE LTD. 
Offices throughout Ireland

THATCH OWNERS INSURANCE AGENCY
31 Hillcrest Road, London, E18 2RH
information only

THATCHED OWNERS GROUP
Hamilton House
91A Shortmead Street
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
SG18 0BB, Tel: 01767 600707 
Membership offered to all owners of thatched properties inc. advice and support.

THATCH UNDERWRITING AGENCIES LTD
Dolphin House
St. Peter Street, Winchester, Hampshire
SO23 8BW
01962 829750
information only Tel: 086-9787683

Decorative Finishes / Sign Painting / Artwork

Peter McCullen
Sirocco Design Studios
Beamore
Drogheda
Co. Meath
tel /fax: 041-9837273 086 836 1982

Miscellaneous

Furniture: Joe Lawlor 041 9827124 ( Clinton’s Chairs )

Marion McMahon 087 9529517

Landscaping

Dr Philip Blackstock,
arboriculturist.
226 Tullynahinnion Rd
Portglenone, BT44 8EL
Tel: 02825 821202, mobile: 07767 393075, e-mail: philip.blackstock@dnet.co.uk

USEFUL ADDRESSES

The Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland
Ron Cox, Centre for Civil Engineering Heritage, Trinity College, Dublin 2, tel: 01-6082544
www.steam-museum.ie/ihai

Irish Architectural Archive
25 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6763430, David Griffin, archive director, 
Dr. Ann Martha Rowan – Irish Architectural database of Irish architects

Irish Georgian Society
74 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6767053
e-mail: igs@iol,ie

Irish Landmark Trust
25 Eustace Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6704733
e-mail: landmark@iol.ie

Irish Planning Institute
8 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Tel: 01-6761703

Institution of Engineers of Ireland
22 Clyde Road
Dublin 4
Tel: 01-6684341

Carlingford Lough Heritage Project
Dr John Woods
Teach Eolais
Old Quay Lane
Carlingford 
Co Louth
Tel: 042 73888

Dept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Ballina – thatching grants – 096-24200

Dublin Civic Trust
4 Castle Street
Dubline 2
Tel: 01 4756911

The Heritage Council
Rothe House
Kilkenny
Tel: 056 70777
e-mail: heritage @heritagecouncil.com

Oldcastle Civic Trust
( Thomas Curran, Secretary ) 
Oldcastle
Co Meath 
Tel: 049 41372

Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
8 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6761703 
e-mail: info@riai.ie

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
66 Donegal Pass
Belfast BT7 1BU
Tel: 0801232 550213