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Posted by Johnny MEE on April 06, 2003 at 20:30:49:
In Reply to: Re: Coffin makers in Castlebar posted by Tiogar on April 06, 2003 at 19:12:40:
Willie Fahey owned the forge in Newantrim Street, father of Patsy Gillespie, Marian Row; James Walsh (Squad) had a forge in Spencer Street, later run by his son Ulick; Austin Quinn made gates in Lucan Street, probably shod horses in earlier years; a man named Hoban had a forge in Lucan Street, a granduncle of Brian Hoban, Newtown and Gallows Hill; Pat Fallon had a forge in Charles Street and I have a feeling a man named Walsh also had a forge in Charles Street. Young Brian Hoban has all the information on the Hoban forges. Had a great chat with him this morning. Brian has a great deal of local knowledge. There was also a man named Willie Feeney, a native of Rahins area, who had forge in Lucan Street/Charles Street. The last coopers in Castlebar were Paudge Moore, Staball, and Eddie Nicholson (or McNicholas), who lived at 12 McHale Road. I am sure there were more blacksmiths in Castlebar. I will leave the shoemakers to 'last.'