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There are many forges in my district but I have only been in two of them. There is a forge in the townland of Daraugh about four miles from Ballyconnell Co. Cavan.
This forge is on the side of the road and it is near Corturlan School. The name of the Blacksmith is Mr O' Reilly and he is supposed to be a vey strong man.
He makes shoes for horses and donkeys and he repairs all kinds of farm implements. The Blacksmith has a great many tools in the forge such as a hammer, a sledge, a rash and a bellows.
There is only one fireplace in the forge and coal is burned in it. There is a great big iron anvil in the forge and the
Blacksmith beats the iron on it.
Collector: Ernest Gerty
Address: Killyran, Co. Cavan
Informant: Name not given
Location: Killyran, Co. Cavan
Teacher: Mrs Stafford
Thanks to B. McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.
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