School: Stonetown, Louth (roll number 16431)

Location:
Stonetown Lower, Co. Louth
Teacher:
P. Ó Dubháin

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Local Forges

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0668, Page 264

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The smith that generally works for my father is Thomas Connor of Essexford. His forge is situated at a four-cross roads opposite Kelly's public house on the main Dundalk-Carrickmacross road. The forge has a slated roof and the door which is on the gable facing the main road is in the shape of a horse shoe. A bull's head with a ring in his nose is raised out in iron each side of the door, for the purpose of tying horses. The fire is on a stone hob about 2½ feet high. The bellows is blown by working a long wooden handle upwards and downwards. The anvil rests on a wooden block in front the centre of the clay floor.
Corrnor makes double ploughs iron-harrows, saddle harrows, iron gates, and he repairs all farm implements. The following are the tools used by every smith,- a sledge, rasps, punches, drills, chisels, hammers, and a vice screwed in an upright position on a bench for holding irons firmly. A stone trough full of water is kept in the forge for cooling irons, and it is said that there is a cure for warts in it. Some people drink that water and they say it is as good as an "iron tonic".
There are the ruins of an old forge at the "cairneal cam" in Sandfield. Frank

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Collector
Peadar Ó Mearáin
Gender
male
Address
Tully, Co. Louth
Informant
Peadar Ó Mearáin
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Tully, Co. Louth
Language
English