Maddens Forge

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Maddens Forge

 

In October 2015, the Madden family approached the Athenry Heritage Centre to renovate the building and conserve its artifacts for future generations. The images illustrate the work that was required however the primary objective was to ensure the Forge kept its integrity as a place of industry and craftsmanship.

The initial conservation work to the Forge was to remove the asbestos roof and replace it with a suitable replacement, without making it look too modern. A specialist company was employed to remove the old roof and a new one was installed.

To maintain the authenticity of the Forge, all plastic material was removed and any dangerous or inflammable materials were disposed of. The conservation work took 6 months to complete which also included a viewing cage to ensure the building was secure but still accessible.

Since the Forge was restored, it has once again become a focal point for the town. It was officially opened on Athenry's Walled Towns Day by the Cathaoirleach of County Galway, Peter Roache The fire of the forge was once again lit and Donegal Sword smith Charlie Gallagher provided demonstrations of forging techniques to the Public.

Maddens' Forge is now part of the heritage trail in Athenry and it's an integral part of the history of the town, its people and the legacy of blacksmithing in Ireland. Make it part of your visit to the best preserved medieval town in Ireland.

Maddens Forge on the first day it was handed over

 

Blacksmith Tools
Blacksmith Tools
The forge day 1
The forge day 1
The forge day 1
The forge day 1
 

Tools of the trade

 

Anvil
Anvil
Horse shoes
Horse shoes
Vice and Mask
Vice and Mask
 

Removal of asbestos roof

 

Removal of asbestos roof
Removal of asbestos roof
Removed roof
Removed roof
New roof to Madden's forge
New roof to Madden's forge

 

The Forge restored

 

 

Eamon Madden shoeing horse
Eamon Madden shoeing horse
Swordsmith demonstrating forging techniques
Swordsmith demonstration
Heritage week opening day
Heritage week opening day
Blacksmithing in Madden's Forge
Blacksmithing in Madden's Forge

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