1. Dipping your hand in a blacksmiths bosh is supposed to cure such things as warts

2. People would never steal from a blacksmiths forge as they believed that some misfortune would befall them. The reason given was that on their way to Bethlehem the Blessed Virgin Mary wanted something to button her cloak with.  Joseph asked a tinker for a nail but he had no time to get one, he asked a Shepherd for a thorn but he was too busy with his sheep, he asked a Blacksmith and he obliged by making a brooch from a coin.

3.Tinkers are left wandering because they made the nails that crucified the lord. The Blacksmith refused to make them.  


 Our thanks to the following for information and photographs on the Blacksmith

Brannigan Family,  Lowhill

Comerford Family, The Square, Castlecomer

Doheny Family,  Lowhill

Fogarty Family Castlecomer  

Owens Family,  Crutt

Phelan Family, Maryville, Castlecomer

Ring Family,  Clashduff

Wallace Family,  Crutt

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