In this second recording, Brian Rogers traces the history of Irish thatching and discusses thatching as it was done in the 1700s and 1800s. He explains that the quality degraded over time. He talks about the architectural heritage of thatching and discusses the disappearance of thatched houses. Also discussed is the faster disintegration of today’s roofs, which he believes is the result of acid rain and the lifestyles of people today. Brian explains that bluestone is great for preserving straw roofs, and he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of its use.