School: Pitfield, Inis (roll number 11091)

Cloondrinagh, Co. Clare
Tomás Ó Maonaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0606, Page 225

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  1. There are five forges in this parish - two near Ballynacally, one in Burren, one in Lana and one in Lissycasey.
    Tommy Sullivan and Paddy Gavin own the two near Ballynacally. Tom Quinn is the smith in Burren, Mick Quinlivan in Lanna, and Andy Sexton works in the forge in Lissycasey.
    All the smiths work very hard, and all the forges are thatched except Tommy Sullivan's which is slated and which is perhaps the most up-to-date and best equipped forge in the parish.
    He has a drill for boring iron and he has also an implement for putting threads in bolts.
    In each forge there is a bellows which is made from hide.
    When the bellows gets broken the smith is able to piece it with leather.
    In the shaft in Tommy Sullivan's forge there are two flues, so that two smiths can work together
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trades and crafts (~4,680)
          1. smithing (~2,389)
    Susan Browne
    Cappanageeragh, Co. Clare