School: Moynalty (B.)

Location:
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Uillford Ó Maoilmhichil

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The Local Forge

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0705, Page 356

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There are three forges in this parish. John Reilly is the smith in one and John Bell in another and Edward Farrelly in the other. Their people had been smiths for many years before them. Two of these forges are situated in the village of moynalty and the other in the town lad of Feagh. The two forges that are in moynalty are situated on the river Owen Roe. The forge is a small house with a slated roof and the door is divided into two halves. There is one fireplace in the forge. The bellows is made of leather and is shaped like a pear. It is worked by a long handle and it was not made locally. The smith has a lot implements such as an anvil, a sledge, a knife, a tongs, a hammer, a bellows and many others. He shoes horses and asses and he also shoe wheels. He makes harrows and fixes ploughs and other farm implements. He shoes the wheells on a round iron beside the river. The smiths were always looked upon by the people as being very

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Collector
Patrick Brady
Gender
male
Address
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Informant
Patrick Brady
Gender
male
Address
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Language
English