Enchanted by Irish Thatch

There’s something irresistible about a thatched cottage in Ireland. One can hardly resist stopping the car to snap a photo after spotting one of the country’s iconic natural-roofed homes.

I spent many nights dreaming of thatching my own cottage in County Tipperary… even though the application would be a complete historical inaccuracy… and probably financially impossible. It made for a charming fantasy though, and I thought I was over the idea… until…


Christmas came early for me this year, when a copy of Emma Byrne’s “Irish Thatch” arrived. The hardcover dream book delivers page after page of photographs from all four Provinces of Ireland… hundreds and hundreds of images highlighting the Emerald Isle’s most photogenic architecture.

Each photographic includes a complete caption (just in case you want to hunt the cottage on your own), as well as, an overview of the Irish thatching tradition.

I’m afraid I’m keeping this overview unfairly short, but I’m pouring myself a whiskey and sitting down with the book one more time. Here’s where you can pre-order “Irish Thatch,” or visit the O’Brien Press website for more books by the Irish publisher.

However, I will leave you with a two photos Corey and I took of thatched cottages in Ireland.


A thatched roof in the kitchen garden at Portumna Castle, County Galway, Ireland

Installing new thatch in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland

Installing new thatch in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland

Author: Liam

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  1. Looks like a fun book! I love the pic you took of the one with the bird on top. Only in Ireland.

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  2. Beautiful photos! I was surprised to learn ,on our tour of Ireland last spring, that a thatch roof is very expensive to install and supposedly, the government subsidizes the installation in order to keep the tradition alive for tourism.

    We loved our tour with Driftwood and our first few days with Mia and last 8 with Larry, with his wonderful tenor voice and fabulous stories of Ireland.

    My Irish heritage includes the Byrne and O’Hara clans!

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