School: Claremorris (B.) (roll number 9863)

Claremorris, Co. Mayo
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0098, Page 189

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  1. Roughly speaking there are about nine forges in the district. Out of the forges, I know four or five smiths.
    The forge with which I am most acquainted is the one owned by Mr. F. Burke. It is situated in Mount St. and is a very suitable place for business. In that forge there is an extra hand employed.
    There are other forges owned by P. Currane, J Currane and J. Carney.
    The general way by which the forges are built is with stones and mortar, a zinc roof and a wide wooden door strengthened by heavy iron bars.
    The contents of the forge are the fireplace, the bellows, the anvil and the smith's tools, which are the sledge, hammer, tongs, pincers, shovel and a poker etc.
    The most common work is the mending of farm tools such as ploughs, harrows, forks and gates. He also shoes horses and asses.
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)
          1. smithing (~2,389)
    C. Rushe
    Ardroe, Co. Mayo