Our forge owned by the Smith family from Rooaunmore was an active forge up until the 1990’s.
The last active blacksmith working here was Michael Smith who was the 5th generation Smith family member to take over the forge. Michael’s hard work at the forge ceased in 1997 and unfortunately he passed away 1999.
In 2006 the forge was restored and today inside you can find an open furnace, a working Bellows to stoke the flames, Michael’s very own Anvil and many of his tool’s, some of which he made himself!!
As you make your way inside the museum you can see our local carpenter’s corner, Michael Skerritt and Willie Laffey, which displays a wide range of tools donated by the Skerritt family and used by Michael himself, both our local carpenters worked very closely with Michael Smith in our forge.
We then move on to our household section which displays a Traditional Crane, Hanging Ovens and lots more old household items.
The next section of the museum displays a wide range of memorabilia from down through the years ranging from old photographs, Local Fife and Drum band drums from 1910, War medals and much, much more!!
On the outside grounds of the Museum you can find our farm machinery section which displays a wide range of old horse driven ploughs.
Claregalway Museum and Blacksmith Forge were delighted to be picked to be part of Amelia’s Adventure’s for Heritage Week 2015. Amelia goes around the forge and museum and give you a little insight into what you can find. Come visit us soon.
Duration 2:26 minutes (0:00 to 2:26)
Scoil Náisiúnta Cearn Mór
The boys and girls of Rangana 3, 4 and 5 Scoil Náisiúnta Cearn Mór, came to visit us on March 3rd, 2017 . We had a great time showing them around. Starting at the Friary for a quick tour, then coming to the Forge and Museum and then on to Lackage Cottage Museum. See our book of pictures from the tour.
Thank you for coming Scoil Náisiúnta Cearn Mór!
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