Government urged to save “historically priceless cottage”

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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AN elderly brother and sister are being forced out of the iconic thatched home they grew up in and must move to a temporary cabin as funds cannot be found to save their traditional homestead.
Seacoast Cottage, located in the town land of Ballyscullion Magilligan, is the birthplace and life long home of Edward and Eileen Quigley, a brother and sister both in their 70's who have lived in the cottage all their lives with no toilet, electricity, heating, running water and modern appliances.
Seacoast Cottage is thatched with marram grass a grass which grows locally in the sand dunes at Benone and Magilligan Point. Unlike other roofs thatched using water reed and straw that should last for 15-30 years, a marram grass roof needs to be rethatched every three years.
In 2014 the cottage, in which Edward was born on Christmas Day, was severely structurally damaged in the winter storms when the roof at the back collapsed.
All attempts to secure adequate emergency funds to save the thatched cottage, from the Department of Communities, responsible for listed buildings, have since failed.
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