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The Durdin or Weavers' Cottages were built by Alexander Durdin in the late 17th Century and inhabited by weavers, when weaving was at its height. Set facing onto the Main Street of the village of Clonegal in the County of Carlow, there were at one time six cottages in a row. The development now comprises of a pair of semi-detached, two bay, single storey dormer cottages with attic conversion. The dwellings were inhabited though not by weavers, up to the end of 1970’s. The kitchens often rang to the sound of music as the members of a generation now gone entertained themselves with songs, stories and music.
It is understood from the sources in the Irish linen Centre in Lisburn that some of the finest examples of linen woven in Ireland in the 17th Century were woven in County Carlow. Uninhabited and derelict, the cottages were brought to the attention of Carlow County Council by members of the local “Keep Clonegal Tidy Committee” in 1998 (Photo right: The cottages in 1998). The village is fortunate to have a vibrant and energetic community, eager to retain their heritage. Following examination, it was considered that due to their historical importance and age, conservation was the favoured option. The form fabric and method of construction exhibit the typical local construction methods and style of the locality in the 17th century.
The conservation of the Weavers' Cottage was considered by all to be an ideal project to exhibit good practice in the field of conservation, with the use of tradional methods using lime plasters, mortars and lime washed finish. It was also identified as an opportunity to strengthen the community’s links with the council, empowering local people to conserve part of their heritage, which in turn could be used for tourism promotion. Thus was borne the partnership for the project between the local community and Carlow County Council. The Tidy Village Committee took full responsibility for the management and implementation of the project and the council assigned Ms Mairead Phelan, Executive Engineer and specialist in conservation with responsibility for supervision.
The garden to the rear of the cottages will be developed using traditional methods like double digging, crop rotation, composting and a selection of vegetables.