Wexford Thatcher – No. 32
The Rochford family has been growing oats in Cleariestown, Co. Wexford for generations, and providing excellent straw for thatching. We see them using their restored 19th century Marshall steam engine to drive the threshing machine. Tommy McGrath cuts sally willows to make scallops for roofing staples. Master craftsman, Paddy Casey, gets to work near Kilmore Quay using his home-made beating pin to drive home the straw fletchs. Made in 1981.
Commentary- Diarmuid Ó Muirithe; Music- Jolyon Jackson; Running time – 26 minutes