There’s been a decline in the number of thatch properties in Donegal.
A recent National Thatch Audit estimates that there are over 300 known thatched buildings in the County.
However, preliminary results from an updated audit shows 27% of thatch properties in the Inishowen Municipal District have been lost in the past 15 years and a further 10% are in a poor or very poor conditions.
There’s concern also over the replacement of historic thatch with slate.
Donegal Heritage Officer Joseph Gallagher says the drop in the number of thatch buildings is concerning:
Grants of between €500 and €3,000 are available under Donegal County Council’s Thatch Repair Grant Scheme.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, March 8th.