Photographs

  1. A024.01.00028

    A024.01.00028

    1956

    Thatching at Killeenaran, Ballindereen.

  2. A024.01.00031

    A024.01.00031

    1935

    Roof ropes of thatch at Teernekilla, Mám.

  3. A024.01.00063

    A024.01.00063

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: thatching. An example of a hipped roof and thatched (scollop thatch with ornamented rigging).

  4. A024.01.00064

    A024.01.00064

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Donkey’s carthouse, roofed with scraws; cart house. Caherlea. (William Kelly).

  5. A024.01.00065

    A024.01.00065

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: small bobbins (boibíní) of wheaten straw used as ornamentation on inside of roof in dwelling house. Stone bench outside front door for holding vessels containing water - Killeenaran, Kilcolgan.

  6. A024.01.00066

    A024.01.00066

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: construction of the hip-roof (half gable); rafters of hip-roofed house (ordinary gable).

  7. A024.01.00073

    A024.01.00073

    1935

    Stone gable, thatched roof, Cois Fharraige.

  8. A024.01.00074

    A024.01.00074

    1932

    Díon súgáin (straw rope thatch) near Corr na Móna.

  9. A024.01.00075

    A024.01.00075

    1935

    Forge

  10. A024.01.00076

    A024.01.00076

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Roof construction: (1) mortise (2) collar tie, cloch chúinne, cloch phréacháin.

  11. A024.01.00077

    A024.01.00077

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Roof construction: (5) branches, (6) scraws (long sods of earth with grass attached and rolled up. The grass side is turned outwards) (7) straw rope stitching, (8) heather.

  12. A024.01.00078

    A024.01.00078

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Roof construction: (9) thatching - first stráca, boibíní, (10) second stráca, bundle of scollops, lúbán, thatcher’s mallet for driving home lúbán, scollop: hazel rod approx. 3 ft long; 1/2” to 3/4” thick.

  13. A024.01.00079

    A024.01.00079

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Roof construction: twisting and bending lúbán. The same length of hazel stick is used for both scollop and lúbán: both are taken from the same bundle of prepared sticks. Point of lúbán cut bias to avoid having soft centre of stick coincide with sharp end. Scollop and lúbán in position for holding down thatch - lúbán is pushed in with hand and driven home with mallet till the long leg oes into the scraw, deep down. Scollops are stuck into roof along the edge of straca just finished to keep the straw in position and to mark the position of the lúbán hidden under the thatching. they are taken out one by one as the thatcher moves up towards the apex and used as the scollops for the fresh stráca as in x.

  14. A024.01.00080

    A024.01.00080

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Roof construction: (11) finishing last straca: thatcher must work to his left; though he works always to his right oterwise. When starting or finishing thatching scollops are bent over and driven down between gable and side of straca, thus giving protection against thatch being lifted by the weather (note: this drawing shows the scollops exposed but only for the purpose of illustration; normally they would be concealed under the thatch). Three rows of exposed scollops are used for holding boibíns. Row of boibíní on side of roof facing point of prevailing wind is set above row on the other side to prevent rain entering at the apex of the roof. The one row of lubans holds both line of scollops that old the boibíní. There are fifteen boibins to each scollop as below. Boibíns are threaded onto the scollop before being-put into position leaving about 5” of scollop protruding for insertion into lubán holding previous set of boibíns.

  15. A024.01.00081

    A024.01.00081

    1959

    Roofs & Thatching: Roof construction: (12) raking or combing down finished thatching with the ráca. Besides the three exposed scollops used over the boibins (the comb) often ornamentation is applied such as above. (13) Straightening the eaves with a sheep-shears. Final note: the thatcher always works with helper, who cuts scollops ready for use and carries themp up the ladder (the thatcher himself twists and shapes lubán). He draws the straw (see (9)), makes boibins, and does all preparatory work, so that the thatcher is able to stay on the ladder till the completion of each stráca.

  16. A024.02.00009

    A024.02.00009

    2000

    Roofs and Thatching: Hughie Cullen (Thatcher with Dúchas, Drumahaire) thatching the roof of an out-building at Seán McDiarmuid’s, Kiltyclogher. Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh is also on the roof with the video camera.

  17. A024.02.00011

    A024.02.00011

    2000

    Roofs and Thatching: Hughie Cullen (Thatcher with Dúchas, Drumahaire) thatching the roof of an out-building at Seán McDiarmuid’s, Kiltyclogher.

  18. A024.02.00012

    A024.02.00012

    2000

    Roofs and Thatching: Hughie Cullen (Thatcher with Dúchas, Drumahaire) thatching the roof of an out-building at Sean McDiarmuid’s, Kiltyclogher - “blind scolloping” rye straw.

  19. A024.02.00013

    A024.02.00013

    2000

    Roofs and Thatching: Hughie Cullen (Thatcher with Dúchas, Drumahaire) thatching the roof of an out-building at Seán McDiarmuid’s, Kiltyclogher - “blind scolloping” rye straw.

  20. A024.02.00014

    A024.02.00014

    2000

    Roofs and Thatching: Hughie Cullen (Thatcher with Dúchas, Drumahaire) thatching the roof of an out-building at Seán McDiarmuid’s, Kiltyclogher - “blind scolloping” rye straw.

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Archival Reference

The Photographic Collection, A024.01.00031

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