European Vacation – October 2/19 – Wexford, Ireland – Part 7 – Little Thatched Cottage

Thatched roofs are becoming a thing of the past in Ireland and that is a pity. The thatching used in most cases in Ireland is reeds, which can last as long as 50 years. However, lower quality reeds and wet climates can shorten the lifespan considerably. The ridge needs to be redone every 8-14 years. There are very few thatchers left in the UK and Ireland as it is a dying craft.

We spotted this pretty little cottage near Curracloe, at the same time as another car of tourists did and we just had to pull over for pix.

Weather Resistant

For many long years

I have kept the weather out.

Pretty thatched cottage.

18 thoughts on “European Vacation – October 2/19 – Wexford, Ireland – Part 7 – Little Thatched Cottage

  1. Seeing thatched roofed cottages in Kilmore Quay, Wexford, is one of the things I remember the most. And, yes, there aren’t many of them left in Ireland. They are so beautiful and portray a sense of time. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva

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  2. There are still many of them in England in an assortment of different regions so there must be a few good thatcher’s left. I love the look of it! I have quite a few thatched roof pictures as they tend to be in villages that we stay in during our England trips. Lucky me!

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    1. Agreed. We saw plenty of them with both old and new thatch in the areas around Stalham in Norwich. I think they are diminishing in Ireland due to stricter fire insurance requirements. They are a pretty sight, no matter where you can see them. The only other one we saw on this trip was a zoo ancillary building in Phoenix Park in Dublin. We did see a few more over on the Wild Irish Way in 2017. Thanks for reading and commenting Bernie. Allan

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    1. Agreed. We saw quite a few in the Broads near Stalham, when we visited friends there. I think there is some fire insurance thing with them in Ireland that is causing the number to diminish. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  3. I just love the look of the thatched roofs. It’s unfortunate that it’s pretty much a thing of the past. I believe the whole world would benefit if we could make use of our natural surroundings again 🙂 That’s a beautiful home too! I would love to see the inside 🙂

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    1. Agreed. This house looked like it stepped off the pages of a 1700s Irish novel. You can almost imagine the door being opened a little grey haired lady in a flowery apron…or perhaps a Leprechaun. Thanks for reading and commenting Angie. Allan

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    1. I think there are more of them left in England than Ireland. Our relatives told us that it has something to do with the cost of fire insurance in Ireland. They are a real work of art. Thanks for reading Susie. Allan

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