School: Naomh Bríghid, Blackwater (roll number 7036)

Blackwater, Co. Wexford
Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

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Local Forges

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0886, Page 144

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Mr. Furlong as I have elsewhere mentioned is our local blacksmith. His father born and reared in the same house was also a blacksmith. And so was his grandfather a blacksmith but he had his forge a mile further north. The grandfather was a famous maker of pikes during 'the Rebellion' and was ultimately hanged on the bridge of Wexford.

When a young horse was sent to be shod for the first time it was quite usual to send the Smith a half-pint of whiskey. This was always a very welcome gift and was drunk there and then directly out of the bottle.
Mr Furlong's father always had a special day in the forge - 'the day of the women.' This was the day before Xmas. He never did a tap for a man on that day but repaired household utensils saucepans, kettles etc fro the women of the locality. These utensils used lie until the date mentioned in the ' 7 (?) weeks' corner.'
According to Mr Furlong the forge water - water in the Umar was a very effective curative for chopped hands

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