Philip Doran Traditional Thatcher
“Heritage is part of the future”
Cappalinnan, Rathdowney, Co. Laois
Mobile (087) 2138354 email : firstname.lastname@example.org Web : http://www.philipdoranthatcher.ie/
Frequently Asked Questions
Examples of Work Done
General Information on Thatching
I have been a full time thatcher since 2003 including self employment. Apprenticeships at Fas Thatcher Traineeship, Portumna, Co. Galway and Lullymore Heritage Park, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Further Scholarships pursued through the Heritage Council and other training with various traditional thatchers. Styles are fletch, hidden scallop style and modern steel sway/screw fixings. Fetac Accredited. I have also trained under various traditional thatchers and use techniques that are appropriate to the roof in question.
All thatching work carried out conforms to good practice as laid out in the Thatchers Bible "The Thatchers Craft". With all my work, I give guarantees that basically underwrites all thatching work. Typically I will guarantee work carried out for a minimum of five years. Registered Business - Tax clearance for grant aided work. Grants for Heritage buildings from Department of Environment, County Council, The Heritage Council, where appropriate.
Full insured for Public Liability, Safe Pass.
Own premises, van, scaffolding, ladders, Reaper Binder.
Roof thatching, quotations, surveys, specifications, reports and grant information/form filling, roof timber work. New and old roofs in quality thatching materials, including reed and long straw. Small garden work also undertaken including kennels,childrens playrooms, follys, etc
All straw that I use is purpose grown for thatching using the traditional reaper binder, I do not use Combine straw. Traditional style thatching using fletch style and old style water beating techniques, used mostly around the midlands. I also undertake conservation and Heritage work and have been involved in re-thatching many ancient buildings. All quotations and estimates come with a full specification for work so the customer is clear on what the job involves and the technical standards that are applied.
Full maintenance schedules available - Regular blue stone applications for prolonged life of thatch.
Examples of my work can be seen in Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford, Kildare and Cavan