The Heritage Council hopes that the refurbishment of the house and the conservation of the contents will be seen as an example for work on these kinds of buildings.

The aims of the project are:

To identify and study the appropriate traditional techniques for the repair and maintenance of the mud - walled buildings so typical of this part of Wexford.
To increase awareness of the qualities of these buildings among the local population.
To promote an awareness of the importance of these Mayglass - 2000 techniques for repair and maintenance among owners and the craft workers who work on the buildings.
To establish links with other European regions who face similar problems of conserving their stocks of important traditional buildings

Analysis of thatch in outbuildings.

Repair of the original windows

With financial support from the European Union under a Raphael programme, the following are some of the events which were held in order to achieve the aims of Mayglass-2000.

Two workshops were held in Wexford (in October 1999 and in May 2000). These were attended by delegates from; The Heritage Council, Dúchas, The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Department Of Folklore, UCD, Dublin Institute Of Technology, as well as the building contractor, thatcher, consultant engineer and conservation architect on the Mayglass project and owners of thatched houses. A series of presentations were given on the project itself, the principles of conservation, and on the work being done in The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. Visits to Mayglass allowed owners to view the work and to discuss details with professionals and skilled workers.

Visit to Portugal.
In November 2000, Irish delegates had the opportunity to meet with our Portuguese partners, CENFIC, and to visit similar projects, which involved training in traditional building skills.

Transnational Seminar/Launch.
The launch of Mayglass-2000 and seminar were held in Wexford on 2nd. February 2001. This was a unique opportunity to bring together members from the various interested agencies, those that had worked on the project, local people and others. An exhibition of photographs showing the progression of the conservation works was held at Johnstown Castle as part of the launch.

Discussion among contractors on site

re-building mud walls of outbuildings