After a gap of 9 years, Irish Landmark is delighted to be back on site at Goggin Cottage. Funding received from the Heritage Council in 2021 has enabled the project to re-start.
Goggin Cottage is an important early nineteenth century thatched cottage that has survived virtually unaltered. The cottage has no electricity or running water. A stream at the boundary of the property provided water for drinking and washing. Inside layers and layers of limewash, some tinted with red madder, are a testament to the generations of the Goggin family who have lived in and loved the cottage. Sadly, like so many vernacular cottages, it fell into disuse and began to decay.
Irish Landmark started work on the cottage in 2009, but in 2012 conservation work came to a halt as funding became difficult to source. Now, due to funding from the Heritage Council, we have been able to start back on site and continue with the ongoing conservation of the property.
The ridge on a thatched roof has a life span of about 10 years. The ridge on the cottage was nearing the end of its life and had shrunk back from the base of the chimneys so thatcher Tómas Collins replaced it with a brand new ridge. Another priority associated with the ongoing conservation of the cottage was to install a wastewater treatment system and drainage including a French drain around the perimeter of the cottage. Local contractor Paudie Conway from Conway Plant & Civils carried out all the site works. This was an important part of our conservation plan and brings us a step closer to bringing the cottage back to life and welcoming Irish Landmark guests. We look forward to sowing a wild flower meadow in the Spring.
Irish Landmark is very grateful for the support of the Heritage Council for providing funding for this project.
Click on the link to watch the drone footage of the site transformation. https://youtu.be/hZYKeZELqrI