A farmer has restored a stable yard and overhead grain store/loft to their former glory.
The outbuildings benefitted from funding under the 2020 Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme through participation in GLAS.
The scheme funds the restoration and preservation of traditional farm buildings and structures. These include historic yard surfaces, walls, gates, and gate pillars.
The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine manages the GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant scheme. Only farmers approved in the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) are eligible to apply.
The courtyard at Culmullin House Farm, a mixed beef and tillage enterprise, in Drumree, County Meath, dates back to the late 18th century. It is shown on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey map.
“The stable yard is adjoining the basement section of a Norman Castle. The buildings were used as a coach man’s residence, the storage of the coach and stables for horses.”
Culmullin House Farm
Anna Meehan of the Heritage Council and contractor, Sean Finnegan Carpentry Ltd, were involved in the project. They commenced work on September 15th, 2020 and completed the project by the end of October.
“The works consisted of conservation works which included repairs and re-slating of the roofs on the buildings. Where possible, we re-used existing slates.” Rosemary and Jonathan Macnaughton explained.
“We used matching imported salvaged natural slates where there was a shortfall in slates. Also, gutters, downpipes, and doors were all repaired. Moreover, we retained existing elements with some new matching elements pieced in using traditional materials and methods.”
“Likewise, we re-slated and re-ridged roofs. As can be seen, we rebuilt the chimney and all re-pointing works were carried out using lime mortar. Finally, there were local repairs to the loft floors due to leak damage.”
It should be noted Culmullin House Farm will use the buildings as a small tooling workshop and general farm stores.
“I am pleased with the works carried out by Sean Finnegan. Most importantly, the integrity of the buildings are now protected from the elements and any future extreme weather events.”