A visit to Cashel to see the work of a silversmith.

Pádraig Ó Mathúna from Cashel county Tipperary still practises the ancient art of silver work.  In his studio he beats a flat sheet of silver into shape with a hammer on a wooden stake. The piece is then patiently beaten again on an iron stake. 

A thousand tiny blows beat shimmer and sheen into the surface.

Michael Davitt reports for the Irish language programme Iris '85 broadcast on 16 December 1985.

The accompanying music at the beginning of the clip is 'Symphonic Inscapes' composed by Brian Boydell.