Demonstrating the coopering trade is Eamonn Creamer – Granard Cooper
Coopers were skilled craftsmen who fashioned all types of barrels, casks and churns for use in the dairy and brewery industries, but now their skills have all but disappeared with the onset of initially, aluminium containers and later stainless steel containers, which are still used to this day. Over the decades there were some very skilled Coopers in Granard, Co. Longford, including a local Granard family who made the barrels/kegs for Guinness Brewery.
A spade for cutting turf. These implements were very common all over Ireland up until quite recently. There was a right-handed & left-handed slean and obviously it was very important to have the correct implement for a productive day on the bog! Turf cutting was very popular in North County Longford. (Breast Sléan). The one shown in our video is a right-handed sléan.
This is just one type of butter churn, there were many different types of churns for making butter. This particular type was driven by horse power and was a popular churn of its time, it was mainly used by larger producers.
This Ford Model T. Car, restored by Eamon Creamer, was owned by Larry Kiernan, Granard, (brother to Kitty Kiernan), Larry was also the owner of the Greville Arms Hotel, in Granard and the car was used during 1916 Rising and War of Independence. The car was also used for transport by Michael Collins on his visits to Granard for both political and romantic reasons!