Phil Barron's House Restoration Project

Welcome to Phil Barron’s House — known personally by the current owner, Helen Kealy-Dunne, and her family as “Phe’s House” in Clogh, Kilkenny, Ireland. This little old lady was last thatched and repaired with great effort by the owner, Helen, and her husband, Ambrose Dunne in 2004, in which the condition of the house was perhaps the best it has ever been.

However, due to Helen’s ill health and lack of funds to restore the house, it has fallen into disrepair since thatched cottages are one of the most demanding architectural buildings to maintain in comparison to a tiled roof. This house is very much loved and cherished by the family and has never been neglected. During the years when the thatched roof repairs could not be afforded, the owner continued to shelter the roof with covers. It's also important to note that Ireland's damp climate, storms, and "major weather events" — according to Met Éireann — over the last few years have sped up the decline in the quality of the thatch. 

Since the years have not been kind to this little old lady, we are seeking funding to restore this piece of Irish heritage back to its former beauty. The goal is to preserve the house as a museum/heritage house without an occupier for the public to visit. However, final decisions have not been made yet regarding this as outside funding from the Clogh Tidy Towns and Heritage Group have not been secured. The Clogh Tidy Towns and Heritage Group have applied for a Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2021 to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage but this grant is not secured. The owner also applied for this same grant in 2017 but did not receive it as the assessment process was very competitive. If we secure the grant this time, we will update our kind donors and any other donations given will be used for additional restoration costs.  

So, to help with this project, we have launched a GoFundMe page to assist in the costs of renovating our cherished and much-loved little house. Any funding we receive will go towards the house's upkeep (whitewash the internal and external walls, bluestone, and thatch) over the years to come. We understand that times are tough for everyone, but we would appreciate anything as little as €1, £1, $1, etc. To read more about our family project, the history of the house, as well as photos of the house in the past and the people who came from it, visit our website:

55236718_1615506795372207_r.jpegThe current condition of the house. 

The house c.2005

55236718_1615506815478496_r.jpegThe house in the 1980s.

55236718_1615507152544704_r.jpegClogh village heritage sign. 

55236718_1615506900519613_r.jpegThe current owner, Helen Kealy, outside the house in the 1980s. 

55236718_1615507002837021_r.jpegThe previous owners of the house and Helen's ancestors, Ann and Tom Barron.

55236718_1615507126317739_r.jpegThe previous owners of the house, Maggie Gallagher, née Barron (left), and Philip Barron and Margaret Kealy, née Gallagher.

The current condition of the house.
  • Clogh-Moneenroe Community Playground Committee 
    • €500 
    • 11 d
  • Clogh Tidy Towns Clogh 
    • €200 
    • 23 d
  • Anna Mae Treacy 
    • €100 
    • 1 mo
  • Philip Shore 
    • €100 
    • 1 mo
  • John Kelly 
    • €20 
    • 1 mo
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Fundraising team (4)

Sophie Dunne 
Raised €430 from 8 donations
Kilkenny, Ireland
Catherine Kealy 
Team member
Raised €1,905 from 14 donations
Helen Kealy-Dunne 
Team member
Raised €1,795 from 21 donations
James Dunne 
Team member
Raised €20 from 1 donation
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