School: Valleymount

Location:
Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Dll. Ó Cochláin

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Shoeing Wheels

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 054

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About 30 years ago people by the name of Farrels who lived where Mat Tipper lives to-day used to shoe wheels in the Ballyknocken Inch beside the Bogroad Bridge. Before they used shoe the wheels they used dig a round hole the size of the wheels, then they would light a big fire and heat the bands and when the bands would be hot enough they they would put them on the wheels then the wheels would be pushed into brook nearby and left there to cool. They used shoe the wheels in this Inch before they got the shoeing stone at the forge. My Grandmother often saw balls of fire dancing around the place where the wheels used to be shod. The round holes are still to be seen in the bog.

Collector
John Cullen
Gender
male
Address
Carrigacurra, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mrs P. Lawlor
Gender
female
Age
84
Address
Carrigacurra, Co. Wicklow
Language
English