Belleek’s thatch getting a makeover!

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MASTER THATCHER… Frank Gilligan from Cashel carries on a family tradition as he puts a new roof on The Thatch

ONE of Belleek’s most famous and most iconic buildings is getting a new roof!

Master thatcher Frank Gilligan from Cashel is carrying on a family tradition as he puts a new roof on The Thatch.


The building in the heart of Belleek is over 150 years old, and has housed a number of families over the years.

It pre-dates the famous Belleek Pottery and has some classic nineteenth mementoes under its storied walls as well as stunning black and white photographs of the way we were in old Belleek.

These days the Thatch, which opened in 1995, is a top class coffee shop that also serves up breakfasts and lunches for locals and tourists. It is renowned for its home cooking and warm friendly atmosphere.

Owner Peter Clarke said the Thatch had become very well known all over the North-west for its good food and relaxed location.

“Tradition is very important to us and we like to keep the same thatched roof on the building as that is what gives it it’s really unique identity,” he said.

“It is a place where old and new friends can meet up for a chat in really relaxed surroundings.

“We have people who keep coming back to the Thatch year after year because they enjoy the comfort and the craic.”


And for the fishing enthusiast, the Thatch has all the necessary goods to enjoy a splendid day on the river Erne.

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