Holohan Branding Iron
Holohan of Abbey brand
John Holohan from Abbey showing the Holohan branding iron. This branding iron was used by Johns grandfather also John. Note the traces of red on the brand the colour that the family used to identify their sheep from those of families also with a H. This example has a twisted handle riveted to the letters. The two letters JH for John Holohan are executed in the form of a ligature in Roman style similar to what one often finds on grave memorials. It is possible due to its smaller size that this example was used for branding lambs. It is believed that it was made by a local blacksmith. These simple objects are of great interest to those undertaking research into former farming practices. Information supplied by John Holohan, Abbey, Loughrea.