Historically, the jobs of farrier and blacksmith were practically synonymous. A farrier's work in colonial America or pre-Industrial Revolution Europe would have included horseshoeing, as well as the fabrication and repair of tools, the forging of architectural pieces, etc
Modern day farriers usually specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the horse's hoof.
For this reason, farriers and blacksmiths are considered to be in separate, albeit related, trades.
This documentary focuses on the place of both of these ancient trades in Ireland in 1977.
Presented and produced by Proinsias O' Conluain
First broadcast 12th June 1977
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