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What is Lime & why use it?

History of lime

Lime plasters, renders and mortars were common place in Ireland before the mass production and widespread availability of products such as concrete, cement based renders, plasters and chemical paints. Most buildings constructed before c. 1915 incorporate lime mortars and pointing in brick and stonework with lime plasters and lime washes. Lime plastering, rendering and pointing can be found in buildings from high status cathedrals, castles & townhouses to the relatively humble cottages and farms which characterise many rural landscapes.

The Roxborough Gates

The Roxborough Gates were restored through the initiative of the Lady Gregory Yeats Trail Group. Repair works to the entrance gates which date back to c 1860 were carried out by Mathieu & Mitchell who are master craftsmen in stone masonry and also with the help of local volunteers. The conservation works were completed in 2012. This project was sponsored by Galway Rural Development and Galway County Council.