Kilmaine Forges

The Blacksmity by Charles Grant Beaugard (1856-1919)
Outside blacksmiths
Photo: Evelyn Keane

O’Brien’s forge

O’Brien’s forge was situated between Dooley’s house and Lyon’s house of to-day.

Joyce’s forge

Joyce’s forge was situated opposite where Joseph & Winifred Joyce’s house now stands.

Blacksmith services

During the years of compulsory tillage the blacksmith’s services were required by every farmer, whether it was shoeing horses, making and repairing ploughs; he made iron gates, spades shovels, bolts and screws.

Both forges were situated beside the road. Passers by would call in for a chat, others with some work for the smith.  Sadly the blacksmith is no longer required.

Comments about this page

  • That’s correct. It was situated in front of where Tom Butlers house is.

    By ISecondthat (05/01/2014)
  • There was also a forge on the Ballinrobe Road in the town land of Ballymartin, of which Murty Gibbons was proprieter.

    It was possibly where Tom Butler’s house is now?

    By Murty gibbons (25/04/2012)

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