The Mount Temple Baylin Heritage Group was formed to galvanise local community interest in the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area around Mount Temple and Baylin in Co. Westmeath.
This project, developed from a Heritage Council funded graveyard conservation report in 2017, led into a Heritage Council funded Heritage Audit in 2018.
With Creative Ireland funding in 2019, the group produced four short videos highlighting aspects of their heritage to share with the public and their diaspora. The video drew on locally available expertise and local knowledge and was coupled with expertise from support organisations and authorities, namely Westmeath County Council; the Heritage Officer; and National Parks and Wildlife Ranger.
This video looks at one aspect of the fading skills of the smith, through interviews with Ernie Hatton and his brother George, who learned from their father in their smithy close to Moydrum Castle.
Hear of the social fabric and stories of the rural smithy and see the smithy in action.