Jack on Thatch

To illustrate the benefits of thatch Jack used to tell the story of two men who each bought two bonhams at Bantry Fair.  One had a thatched outhouse where the bonhams thrived weeks ahead of those housed by his friend in an outhouse covered with galvanise.

This is consistent with the account related by Claudia Kinmonth  in her history of Irish furniture in essence the hens kept indoors with the family during the winter and kept laying eggs but those of the gentry kept outside did not.





Jack Dukrlow: