Smoothing Iron fields in Louth

A smoothing iron.

A smoothing iron.

Many field in Co. Louth have names to do with their shape. The “Smoothing Iron” is a name used to refer to small rectangular fields. The fields echoed the shape of the household objects found in many rural homes.

Smoothing Iron Boiles1

The Smoothing Iron Field in Bolies townland.

Smoothing Iron Derryfalone1

The Smoothing Iron field in Derryfaloone.

Smoothing Iron Mullaghattin (Jenkinstown)1

The Smoothing Iron field in Mullaghattin (Jenkinstown E.D.). The field has now been merged with another field, but the original triangular field can clearly be seen.

Smoothing Iron Haggardstown1

The Smoothing Iron field in Haggardstown. Houses have since been built in the field.

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