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Kildare County Council Projects

Kildare County Council has undertaken several projects dealing with the architectural heritage of the county. These range from surveys to conservation reports on individual structures to guidelines on the conservation and restoration of specific types of buildings.

The Thatched houses of County Kildare This study was commissioned by Kildare County Council to update a survey that was carried out by Michael Higginbotham between 1987-88 on the thatched houses of County Kildare. Charles Duggan, supported by Kildare County Council, the Department of the Environment and the Heritage Council, carried out this study.

Thatched Houses of County Kildare - Cover

File Size: 593KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Thatched Houses of County Kildare - Booklet

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Thatching Grant


Kildare County Council operates a thatching grant scheme. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 23rd June 2017.

An application form is below and should be submitted to Conservation Section, Planning Department, Kildare County Council or to conservation@kildarecoco.ie

Thatch grant Application

File Size: 12KB - Document Type: MS Word

Reusing Farm Buildings

“This publication highlights some of the threats to the survival of these farm complexes and, through a series of case studies, provides suggestions as to sensitive modification and alterations to farm buildings as well as design considerations that can encompass and respect the historic fabric whilst creating contemporary living accommodation.

Whilst it is targeted at those responsible for the care and continued use of farm buildings – farmers, developers and architects – this publication will provide food for thought for anyone with an interest in rural buildings and the challenges they present.” Written by Laura Bowen and Nicki Matthews in partnership with Kildare County Council and the Heritage Council.

 Please note: 

The Publication can be purchased online at a cost of €22 including postage and packaging. Please click on the following link to purchase


The Publication can also be purchased from the planning counter at Kildare County Council or by contacting the Heritage Officer. It is priced at €20 excluding postage and packaging.