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Surname Given Name Trade Year Notes
CANAVAN Eugene Blacksmith 1894 Eugene Canavan, blacksmith. Born 1894 in the village of Avoca (Ovoca) Wicklow,Ireland. Eugene was my Grandfather. The family forge still stands today and many of the tools still hang on the walls, his father Owen Canavan (born 1859); his grandfather Michael Canavan (born 183); and his great grandfather also named Michael (born 1810) were all blacksmiths passing the trade down and many a story was told of the Tinkers stopping of from their travels and my Granddad shoeing their horses. I keep a horse shoe attached to my shed for luck from his forge.  
HODGINS Thomas Blacksmith 1861 Thomas Hodgins, blacksmith. Born about 1861 in Corduff, Ireland. Died 1927, Corduff. I have the Griffith"s for him and some news paper clips re when he died (fell off the cart going home from market after a few rums by the sound of it). He had an apprentice Murphy as well who stayed with him after the apprenticeship finished. I have a copy of the advertisement showing when he was looking for an apprentice..  
IRWIN Thomas Blacksmith 1883 Thomas Irwin,blacksmith. Born 1833. Known as Black Tom. Kept forge near Killeter in Co Tyrone..  
KEOGH James Blacksmith 1857 James Keogh, blacksmith. Born about 1857, County Wexford, Ireland. Son of Patrick Keogh and Margaret Gregan immigraged to New Zealand in 1880 (ship not yet found)According to his bankruptsy papers, his wife Mary Hamill travelled on the same vessel. Lived in Caledonian Rd, Christchurch. A little street running off there is named after him (Keogh lane.). 1909 Christchurch Directory James Keogh- Blacksmith - ratepayer-Caledonian Rd - own. Died 1926 and buried Bromely cemetery. Also entered in Blacksmiths of New Zealand..  
MURPHY Michael (Army Major) Blacksmith Awarded Victoria Cross 1860 Army Major Michael Murphy, born in Cahir, Tipperary , Ireland. Awarded Victoria Cross 1860 whilst serving in The British Army in India. Died 1893 in Darlington. Listed in Blacksmiths of Ireland & Military Indexes..  
RICE Wiliam Blacksmith 1843 William Rice, Blacksmith. Born 1843 in County Down. William married Rose McGreevy and had 9 children. He was my 2nd great grandfather. In 1911 they were living at Barnamaghery Road, Leggygowan, Co Down. Two of his sons, William and Eddie were also blacksmiths..  
WIXTED Thomas Blacksmith 1854 Thomas Wixted, blacksmith. Born 1854 Newport, Co Tipperary, Ireland and died 1942 in Queensland, Australia. Thomas migrated to Brisbane, Queensland in 1880 and itís believed the worked as a blacksmith in the East Brisbane area. His father John Wixted was a farmer and blacksmith at Freagh, near Newport, Co Tipperary. His brothers James and John were also blacksmiths and lived in north Queensland. Listed in both Blacksmiths of Australia and of Ireland Indexes..  
WIXTED Thomas Blacksmith 1800 Thomas Wixted, blacksmith. Married Mary Burke in 1830, They lived in Port Ryan , near Newport, county Tipperary. In 1848, they were living in Ahane ( near Newport) according to Griffith Valuation . Thomas worked as a blacksmith all of his life..  
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