Forging a link to days gone by

Skill: Bryan O’Halloran opened his own forge after graduating from the Irish School of Farriery
Skill: Bryan O’Halloran opened his own forge after graduating from the Irish School of Farriery

Siobhán English

Twenty five blacksmiths from all over Ireland will gather in Mohill, Co Leitrim over the October bank holiday weekend to create a sculpture to commemorate horse fairs of days gone by.

This will run in conjunction with the popular Mohill Fair.

The blacksmiths, who are members of the Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association, will work in the traditional manner over the two days, October 25 and 26, and this will be of particular interest to people who remember fairs from the 1950s and 1960s.

This work will be carried out on the street and the piece will be erected in a prominent position in the centre of the town.

The Mohill Horse Fair takes place on Sunday, October 26 and among the added attractions will be the annual lunging competition, which carries a prize-fund of €500.

For further details see www.mohillhorsefair.com

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