Mick Brennan (Part 1)
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Mick Brennan (Part 1)


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The late Mick Brennan was born in 1924. He attended Benbulben School and in this conversation he recounts his early school memories. He comes from a long line of blacksmiths stretching back to the time of his great-grandfather. Mick explains that his father Jack also worked as a blacksmith. He lived in the townland of Derry near Grange, County Sligo and was a blacksmith in the army for a few years before coming to Derry. There were many forges operating in the area at one time and Mick recalls some of the people involved. He discusses the making of the iron tyre for the donkey carts and the tricky process this entailed. He recalls the procedure of crafting the iron tyre in the turf fire, and how he could tell by the colour of the metal when it was time to pull it out. Mick also remembers and names various wheelwrights in the Ballyshannon and Sligo areas and he tells us about the scythes which people brought to be turned and sharpened – each scythe had to be fitted to its owner. He also recalls growing up on a small farm, and working on the bog long ago.

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Audio series:

Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series


160 kbps

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48 hours

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15.23 MB, 12.48 MB, 15.33 MB, 4.13 MB

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A Blacksmith’s Life

Recorded by:

Joe McGowan