School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 108

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There are many ruins of old forges around here. ...

There are many ruins of old forges around here. The name of one smith was Peter O'Brien. He lived near Bellharbour. He was born a beggar man and he used to going from house to house. He set up a forge and his name became famous all over Ireland. He had to pay as man to work for him he had so much work to do. Horses and cars were scarce in Ireland but he bought one. He used to go driving to town every day. He started drinking and he said, A tinker I was born and a tinker I'll die. He sold everything and died a pauper. The stones of the forge are in the walls of the road now.
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Collector
John P. Kerins
Gender
male
Informant
Peter Mc Gann
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Turlough, Co. Clare
Language
English