Built c. 1780 and reputedly occupied by generations of the same family since that time until 2007, the Thatched Cottage, Lenankeel, Co. Donegal is of significant importance for its early date and also as it relates to a surviving group of vernacular structures that form part of a clachan settlement, though this is the last of the houses to retain its thatched roof. In surveying the house some years ago, the NIAH noted the need for a full record of the structure including its surviving interior features and its rope and stone peg thatch, which it was feared could very soon disappear. Though in poor condition, it is very encouraging to report that its current owner is taking on the admirable task of restoring this gem of a building. The IGS has grant aided a Conservation Report by Dedalus Architecture to prioritise a programme of works for the conservation of the house and to secure its outbuildings.
An insightful letter by the owner along with further photos is available to read on the NIAH website: http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/Surveys/Buildings/BuildingoftheMonth/Archive/Name,2875,en.html