18. Cork – Blacksmith, Coolagown – 7km E of Fermoy 52.1203, -8.18933
Coolagown (or Cúil na Ghabhann as Gaeilge) means the Nook of the Blacksmith, and indeed it once was with three blacksmiths working in the village in close proximity to each other.
Sculptor Sean McCarthy is responsible for the fabulous blacksmith sculpture here. I’m not sure that he ever envisioned hundreds of bikers putting their helmets on the anvil but that’s what’s currently happening in the world of the Irish Photo Rally. Of course, some bikers actually take their heads out of their helmets first.