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Before the invention of modern machinery every town in Ireland had its different craftsman. A family of Mc Evoys used to make their living by making nails in a house opposite the Post office in Swords.
They made the nails by putting a long bar of Iron into the fire and left it there until it was red-hot. Then they would take it out with a tongs and lay it on the anvil. They hammered one end of the iron to a point. Then they cut the pointy piece off and hammered the top of it until there was a head on it. Then the nail was made.
The nailer was commonly known as "Neddy the Nailer".
Written by: Richard Nugent,
Rathbeale Road, Swords.
Told by: Christopher Nugent.
Rathbeale Road, Swords.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.