2 years of hard work by CAHCS bears fruit on Sunday 23rd August. The Old Forge, owned by the Cross family, which, 2 years ago was little more than a ruin, will once again ring with the sound of the anvil. The building has been completely renovated, some of it knocked to the ground with all the stonework painstakingly restored by CAHCS honorary member Brendan Collins. Most of the work has been done voluntarily, which has been a huge ask, but how they have responded! CAHCS has recognised the importance of the role of the forge in days gone by. Precious few forges remain intact in their original location, so CAHCS decided to put a supreme effort into saving this historic gem, which has been achieved, with style. On Sunday 23rd Aug at 3pm, the public is invited to join with CAHCS at the forge. A smith will stoke the fire, heat the iron and display a craft which has remained dormant in this setting, for close on 60 years. Some local crafts and trades have been invited to participate, brown bread bastible making will be displayed, storytelling, music song and refreshments all add up to a most entertaining, educational and fascinating event. EVERYBODY WELCOME. 3pm to 5pm Sunday 23rd August 2015. (300 meters on the Cork side of Coppeen Village)
CAHCS Heritage Week Event: ‘A Smithy Reborn’ 23rd Aug. 3-5pm.
- Talk on history of stained glass windows in West Cork churches – by Finola Finlay – Wed 8th May, at 8pm in St Joseph’s Church, Castletown Kinneigh.
- “1918 – Victory, Virus & Votes” – by GERRY WHITE, Wed 3rd April, 8:30pm
- ‘The Whiddy Island Tanker Disaster’ Paddy O’Sullivan – 6th March
- Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.
- “Lighthouses – on the South-West coast of Ireland” an illustrated talk by Gerald Butler. Wed 5th Dec, 8:30, An Caipín