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Tuerenna cottage
During the eighteenth century people had to work the land for the landlord, who in exchange rented them a small piece of land with a house. The rent he charged was usualy too high for many tenants, so they were permanently in debt to the landlord. This meant it was difficult for most tenants to improve their lot, and they were often vulnerable to eviction. Because landlords set the rent so high it was impossible for tenants to pay as a result most emigrated to America.

Thached Cottages in ireland
Thatch is a natural reed and grass which, when properly cut, dried, and installed, forms a waterproof roof. Traditionally thatchers use locally available materials. If local farmers were growing wheat, then wheat reed or straw was used. Rye, barley and oat straw, and even heathers have been used. In wet lowlands, sedge has been a traditional thatch, particularly for ridging material.

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