Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh is urging thatch property owners throughout the county whose structures may require repair works to apply for funding as part the local authority’s Thatch Repair Grant Scheme.
The scheme, which aims to conserve Donegal’s traditional thatch roof buildings, provides specialist advice and funding to eligible property owners in order to carry out small-scale thatch repairs.
Speaking ahead of the closing date for receipt of applications which is Friday 31st May, Cllr Ó Fearraigh said:
“As many people know Donegal is home to some of the highest concentration of traditional thatch properties anywhere in Ireland.
“These are beautiful traditional buildings and they have become such an iconic symbol of Ireland abroad, something which really adds to our unique tourism and cultural offering.
“In recognistion of this, Donegal County Council administers its dedicated Thatch Repair Grant Scheme whereby eligible property owners can apply for grant funding to carry out repair works to their thatch structures.
“The fund enables owners to receive specialist advice from experts on the various conservation methods to preserve and restore properties, while it also facilitates the carrying out of repairs to thatch homes and outbuildings.
“This may include the restoration to the eaves, the ridge, flashings, holes, furrows, fixings, ropes, wire netting, the gable, roof timbers or carpentry, etc.
“The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday, May 31, 2019 at 12pm and interested property owners can download an application form and get further information by visiting the local authority’s website.
“Naturally, given the importance of these beautiful traditional properties, I would encourage all those eligible to apply to receive support through this very worthwhile initiative.”