Mount Temple community group launch promotional heritage video

Ernie Hatton shows his skills to the fourth generation of Hattons.

Ernie Hatton shows his skills to the fourth generation of Hattons.

The Mount Temple Holy Trinity Graveyard Group launched its third heritage video in recent times to coincide with National Heritage Week 2020 and to date it has received over 2.3k views on numerous social platforms.

Chairman of the group, Cllr. Frankie Keena, stated that this video focuses solely on the Hatton Family who, for three generations, have provided an excellent blacksmith service to the local community.

“The stories told by Ernie and George Hatton in the video will rekindle the memories of many people who brought their horses, donkeys and farm machinery to this forge and coming from a farming background, I also visiting this forge and the marvellous stories told within,” Cllr. Keena stated.

Thanks to funding received last year from Creative Ireland/Westmeath County Council, the Mount Temple Holy Trinity Graveyard were in a position to create four heritage videos covering sites in the Mount Temple and Baylin areas. These videos can be viewed online via the Facebook platform Mount Temple Baylin Heritage Group (MTB ).

“In creating the video at the forge, Ernie and Betty Hatton warmly welcomed the crew into their home which consisted of Eoin Sullivan, archaeologist and video production company, Bailey & Blake. The morning for shooting was beautiful and the forge looked amazing as the crew were shown the skill of a blacksmith at work.

“Jonathon Donohue, who is also a member of the group, noted that the video highlighted the importance of the forge to the Baylin and Moydrum areas in days gone by and how much Ernie and George are such amazing ambassadors for our local heritage with all the work they are doing,” Cllr. Keena continued.

In conclusion, Cllr. Keena thanked the ongoing voluntary work of the Graveyard group.

“Like our previous productions, this blacksmith video is available to all schools as an educational resource to brief students about our local industrial heritage,” Cllr. Keena concluded.


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