Mayglass Farmstead Project, Co. Wexford
Mounting the first project of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland, the Heritage Council conserved Mayglass Farmstead in Co. Wexford using traditional skills such as thatching and mud-wall construction. With assistance from the European Union and its Raphael Programme, the conservation team also achieved another important goal in proving that modern techniques could be used in such a conservation project.
Mayglass Farmstead in County Wexford was built in the early years of the 18th century. Always a family home, it remained so until its last inhabitant, Seamus Kirwan, died in the mid 1990s. This mud-built home, with its associated outbuildings, has been recognised as an important representative of Ireland's vernacular building tradition - examples of which are now disappearing rapidly from the countryside. Without 20th-century amenities and retaining so many of its original features such as the hearth canopy and wall oven, numerous artefacts and pieces of furniture also recall life in Ireland since the beginning of the 1700s.
The building will be of special interest to architects, folklorists, teachers and historians and will appeal to anyone who cares about Ireland's tradition of vernacular buildings and their importance to our heritage.