Peadar Ó Cualáin - Blacksmith

Peter Folan comes from a long line of blacksmiths. His father and grandfather were blacksmiths before him.

Peter remembers watching his father work in the "Old Forge" where Peter works today:

“I watched my father work in the forge, and my first memories are the smell of the hot coal fire which encased bars of steel.

I vividly recall my excitement as I waited for the 'hissing ' sound as the hot steel was immersed in the cold water,

the steam rose ferociously from the limestone trough that was used to cool down or to harden and temper the steel”.

“I distinctly remember listening for the sound of the ring of the hammer reverberating through the

forge like ringing bell chimes echoing off the stone walls.