The Forge

The Blacksmith's Forge was always a busy place six days of the week. It was common to see anything up to 7 to 8 horses waiting their turn to be shod. 

The Last of Freemount's blacksmiths was Johnny Crowley who had a forge for many years at Walshe's Cross. His first forge was set up on site which is now part of Community Centre car park.

It was during the War years that the forge became indispensable, especially to the farming community. Johnny would shoe horses, make and repair gates and repair all types of machinery often working late into the night.

The quality of his craftsmanship was renowned throughout north Cork. Johnny Shod his last horse in 1975 when the forge closed forever.