Kyran O'Grady is proud to carry on
the great tradition of Irish Thatching with all the skill of a modern craftsman.
Over the past 33 years, he has undertaken some of the most prestigious thatching
contracts in the country.
Reed Thatching is his speciality. He even harvests his own reed to ensure that
the quality is never in doubt and to ensure continuity of supply all year round.
Thatch is one of the oldest
roofing materials and has been used by traditional builders on every continent
except Antarctica. It offers excellent insulation value (generally R40) and is relatively easy to repair.
thatched with water reed (a more durable and water-resistant
material than straw) can last 35 - 40
years in Ireland, with very little maintenance. When a thatch roof is in need of repair
a new layer is often placed over the old. On old buildings up to four feet
of thatch can accumulate.
First of all, the building
practices of bygone days ran to lightweight, irregular materials, such as
wattle and daub walls, and cruck beams. These walls were simply not made to
take much weight, and thatch was by far the lightest weight material