One fine morning, just recently, Brendan Collins & Colum Cronin fired up the forge fire, got the place in order & at the appointed time, the pupils of 6th Class Coppeen NS, along with some teachers walked the 1/4 mile or so distance from the school to the forge. Then, Brendan proceeded to show the pupils some typical forge tasks, by heating an iron bar in the fire & working it on the anvil. Colum explained the many purposes of the forge in our society in bygone days & how essential it was to our very existence.
The children showed a keen interest & asked some very interesting questions. They were exceptionally well behaved & were a credit to themselves & their teachers. They were treated to some icecreams afterwards on Mary Crosses’ lovely lawn, where they examined & admired the wonderful 1896 sundial.
Photo shows the pupils with Brendan Collins, Catherine Bradley (School Principal) Colum Cronin & Mary Cross