Tales of the Anvil evokes a time when the forge served as the local meeting place, where news and gossip were exchanged; a time when the smith had a central role in rural communities and was highly-respected for his skills and expertise. Eamon Doyle charts the trade in Wexford through the centuries, listing the blacksmiths and their locations in every parish. He also preserves the stories of the men who carried the pikes in 1798, of the sportsmen and patriots who worked at the anvil, those who struggled and those who thrived: establishing world-renowned industries.
Tales of the Anvil is a tribute to the forges and blacksmiths of County Wexford in which the author praises the wit and wisdom of those who knew the sound of the heavy sledge on red hot iron.
Eamon Doyle, born in Wexford, is a retired public servant who has lived in Athlone for many years. Keenly interested in local history, that of his native county in particular, he wrote March into Meath in 1996, which deals with the aftermath of the 1798 Rebellion, and has also had a number of historical articles published