There will be a talk on Wednesday, 31 July at 11am, at Clogher Heritage Complex, on the role of the village blacksmith and the traditions and folklore associated with the trade of the local blacksmith.
The talk will be given by Brían Hoban, Marine & Countryside Guide, and there will be an opportunity to visit Village Forge and Heritage Cottage afterwards. There will be a cover charge of €5 (includes visit to Forge, Thatched Cottage and tea/coffee).
Clogher Heritage Complex
The Clogher Heritage Complex features the Heritage Cottage and Cottage Garden with a display of vintage farm machinery, a water feature and a picnic area. There is also a restored working forge on site.
The Heritage Complex is also the starting point for the Clogher Bog Walk, a loop walk of 8km. The walk takes in the biodiversity of the flora of the bogland, which is a unique habitat for both common and rare protected species.
Staunton’s Forge, Newtown, Clogher has been rebuilt from a ruin by a local FÁS C.E. Scheme in 1999. The site and ruin were donated by the Staunton Family of Ballyheane. The last horse to be shod was in 1960 by John Staunton of Catford until its reconstruction when it opened fully operational in 2001.
It contains many original tools and though many were donated old forges were scoured resulting in the acquisition of the prized bellows, which can be seen in situ. The bellows was a very important part of the Smiths’ equipment as was his anvil.
The anvil is an original piece of equipment. The forge is fairly simply laid out. The fire being set on a raised hearth made from five or six flagstones with the draught for the fire being provided by a large bellows. Charcoal, turf, coke and coal were all used, depending upon local availability.
Clogher Heritage Complex is situated approx. 5 km from Ballintubber Abbey, Just past the Abbey take the first left turn and follow signs for Clogher. Continue to follow signs until you reach the Ray Prendergast GAA ground to your left, From here take the next turn left and Clogher Heritage Centre is approximately 1 km down this road.
Pictured above: The Clogher Heritage Complex features the Heritage Cottage and cottage garden with a display of vintage farm machinery, a water feature and a picnic area. There is also a restored working forge on site. Photo: Anthony Hickey