County Kilkenny: THE VERNACULAR HERITAGE OF COUNTY KILKENNY

Unlike in many other counties where the stock has been diminished to the point of extinction over the course of the twentieth century, Kilkenny retains a number of thatched cottages and sundry ranges representing the vernacular legacy of the county. Having traditionally been promoted as an integral component of the culture of Ireland the vernacular heritage features characteristics such as a construction from locally-available materials including, in the case of County Kilkenny, thatch gleaned from the banks of the river Nore and Barrow.

KILMANAGH, Kilmanagh, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1875, with single-bay single-storey advanced porch on a bowed plan, and single-bay single-storey lean-to end bay to right. Extended, c.1925, comprising single-bay two-storey end bay to left having single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting bay to ground floor. Part refenestrated, c.1975. Reroofed and renovated, post-1994. Hipped roof with replacement reed thatch, post-1994,…


GARRYNAMANN LOWER, Kells, County Kilkenny

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Attached four-bay single-storey thatched mill owner's cottage, c.1775, originally detached with entrance windbreak. In private residential use, post-1965. Refenestrated, pre-1994. Reroofed, post-1994. Hipped and pitched roof with replacement reed thatch, post-1994, in English style having rope work to ridge, and rendered chimney stack. Painted rendered, ruled and lined walls over random rubble stone construction. Square-headed…


MOONCOIN, Mooncoin, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, dated 1757, with flat-roofed entrance windbreak to centre ground floor. Extended, post-1903, comprising single-bay single-storey recessed lean-to end bay to right. Hipped and pitched roof with water reed thatch in English style having rope work to ridge, and rendered chimney stack. Flat roof to windbreak with iron…


Clogh Dispensary (Clogh Medical Hall), TOORTANE, Clogh, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1875, possibly originally three-bay single-storey incorporating fabric of earlier range, pre-1840, on site. In use as dispensary/medical hall, 1902. Mostly refenestrated, c.1950. Now entirely in residential use. Hipped roof with oat thatch having rope work to ridge, and rendered chimney stacks having red brick coping. Painted roughcast…


CLOGH, Clogh, County Kilkenny

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Attached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1800. Refenestrated, c.1950. Hipped roof with oat thatch having decorative rope work to ridge, and rendered squat chimney stack. Painted rendered walls over random rubble stone construction with slight batter. Square-headed window openings with cut-stone sills, and replacement one-over-one timber sash windows, c.1950, having louvered timber false external shutters. Square-headed…


CLONEEN, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1825. Refenestrated and extended, c.1950, comprising two-bay single-storey range to left. Undergoing renovation, 2004-5. Hipped roof with oat thatch under plastic barrier, and roughcast squat chimney stack. Pitched artificial slate roof to additional range with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stack, and cast-iron rainwater goods on timber eaves board. Painted…


CLONEEN, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1875. Renovated, c.1975. Now disused. Hipped roof with oat thatch having rope work to ridge, and roughcast lime rendered squat chimney stacks over red brick Running bond construction. Unpainted replacement rendered wall, c.1975, to front (east) elevation over random rubble stone construction with limewashed roughcast walls to remainder. Square-headed window…


Lacy, LOAN, Gazebo, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1825, on a corner site incorporating fabric of earlier Catholic chapel, c.1675, with entrance windbreak. Renovated, c.1925, to accommodate part commercial use. Undergoing renovation, 2004-5. Hipped roof undergoing renovation, 2004-5, with replacement oat thatch having rope work to ridge, and rendered squat chimney stacks. Painted rendered walls over mud construction…


BALLYFOYLE, Ballyfoyle, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1800. Pitched roof with wheat thatch having rope work to ridge, red brick Running bond squat chimney stack, and rendered coping to gables. Painted roughcast walls over random rubble stone construction with slight batter. Square-headed window openings with cut-stone sills, and two-over-two timber sash windows. Square-headed door…


Maher, BAURNAFEA, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey thatched house, extant 1839, on a rectangular plan. Replacement pitched oat thatch roof with exposed hazel or willow lattice stretchers to ridge having exposed scallops, dwarf chimney stack, concrete or rendered coping to gables, and blind stretchers to eaves having blind scallops. Rendered, ruled and lined battered walls; roughcast surface finish to…


BAUNLUSK, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1825, with lean-to entrance windbreak. Pitched roof with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, rendered chimney stack having red brick dressings, and rendered coping. Painted roughcast walls over random rubble stone construction having sections of mud wall construction. Square-headed window openings with cut-stone sills, one-over-one…


Drehideen (House), WESTCOURT NORTH, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1750, with entrance windbreak. Restored, pre-1994. Now in use as museum. Hipped roof with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, and red brick Running bond squat chimney stack. Painted replacement roughcast walls, pre-1994, over random rubble stone construction having sections of mud wall construction incorporating…


AGLISH SOUTH, Aglish, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1825, on a corner site with entrance windbreak. Hipped and pitched roof with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, red brick Running bond chimney stack, and rendered coping to gable. Painted rendered walls over random rubble stone construction having slight batter with rendered walls to…


PORTNASCULLY, Portnascully, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay single-storey lobby entry thatched farmhouse with half-dormer attic, extant 1839, on a rectangular plan centred on single-bay single-storey windbreak. Occupied, 1901; 1911. Hipped water reed thatch roof with paired exposed stretchers to ridge having exposed scallops, red brick Running bond off-central chimney stack having stringcourse below capping, and blind stretchers to eaves having…


BALLINCURRA, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1800, with lean-to entrance windbreak to centre. Reroofed, pre-1994. Hipped roof with replacement water reed thatch, pre-1994, having rope work to ridge, and red brick Running bond squat chimney stack. Lean-to slate roof to windbreak with rendered coping, and iron rainwater goods having iron brackets. Painted roughcast…


NEWTOWN, Newtown, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey lobby entry thatched farmhouse with dormer attic, extant 1839, on a T-shaped plan centred on single-bay single-storey projecting porch. Occupied, 1901; 1911. Hipped water reed thatch roof on a T-shaped plan centred on hipped water reed thatch roof (porch), exposed lattice stretchers to raised ridge having exposed scallops, red brick Running bond…


LUFFANY, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1825. Extended, c.1900, comprising two-bay single-storey end range to right. Pitched roof with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, red brick Running bond chimney stack, and rendered coping to gables. Pitched slate roof to end range with clay ridge tiles, rendered coping, and no rainwater goods. Painted roughcast…


GLENGRANT, Moonveen, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage, c.1800, with lean-to entrance windbreak. Renovated, post-1994, with single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting bay added to left. Hipped roof (continuing over lean-to slate roof to windbreak having iron rainwater goods on rendered eaves) with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, and red brick Running bond chimney stack. Flat bitumen…


GLENGRANT, Moonveen, County Kilkenny

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Farmyard complex, c.1800, including: (i) Detached four-bay single-storey thatched farmhouse with dormer attic with entrance windbreak. Now disused. Hipped roof on timber construction with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, and red brick Running bond chimney stack having stringcourse. Painted (limewashed) lime rendered walls over random rubble stone construction possibly having sections of…


GLENGRANT, Moonveen, County Kilkenny

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Farmyard complex, c.1800, including: (i) Detached four-bay single-storey thatched farmhouse with dormer attic with entrance windbreak, and three-bay single-storey rear (north-west) elevation. Hipped roof (continuing over windbreak) with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge, and rendered chimney stack. Unpainted rendered walls over random rubble stone construction possibly having sections of mud wall construction…