OF 17TH CENTURY PALLADIAN STYLE HOME.
Work is continuing to progress when Duncan arrives down at
Ballinderry Park. Having lain empty for over 40 years, George
and Susie Gossip's house was in poor shape when they decided
to take it over and give it a new lease of life! The roof
is now almost completely finished, with the slates complete
and the lead work well underway as Duncan has a look around
with John, George's brother and the site's foreman. Michael
Bird from MH Lead displays to us the intricacies of this skill.
The slate for the roof is entirely salvaged but posed a few
difficulties for John as there were three different sizes
of slate necessary. However, these problems have been overcome
and the end result is a wonderful roof.
the house is being sensitively restored with great care being
given to its history and heritage, George is also salvaging
the internal doors and shows Duncan some fine examples of
what he has done so far. Heavy woodwork is the main feature
of the interior of the house. However, over the course of
the house's hibernation, some of this wood has completely
disintegrated and the panel work has become quite seriously
affected by woodworm. There is a lot of salvageable material
here, but they do need some work!
Park is surrounded by exquisite woodlands. George and Susie
are eager to retain these and have found out about a Forest
Service incentive called the Native Woodlands Scheme. Donal
Keegan from the Forest Service and Dermot Houlihan, a forestry
consultant, talk to George about the scheme and its benefits.
The scheme is devised to give landowners financial and other
support to establish native woodlands. Ultimately, this will
help to retain the existing native trees around Ballinderry
Park and will help maintain ecosystems that may have otherwise
George intends to retain a certain amount of open space and
becomes aware that this incentive is not just about trees,
but also about shrubs, flora and the wildlife. The woodland
is not just for timber value but holds a higher, more indeterminable
value. These trees are another part of the Gossips legacy
to the neighbourhood.
time we visit, Duncan will see how George's windows are progressing
and we will all get a lesson in lime rendering!
For more information contact:
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: 056 70777 Fax: 056 70788
123 Front Rd.,
Belfast N. Ireland
Tel: 04890 826322
Contact: Michael Bird