Keane branding iron Clostoken

Keane brand Clostoken

Christy Cunniffe

Kathy Keane showing her great grandfathers branding iron.
Christy Cunniffe
MK for Michael Keane
Christy Cunniffe
Side view showing circular ring at the end
Christy Cunniffe
MK from the back
Christy Cunniffe

This branding iron belonged to Michael Keane of Clostoken, Loughrea. It is thought to date to around 1800. He was a sheep farmer renting land on the St Clerans estate. He is the great grandfather of the informant. This branding iron was used until the 1990s. It comprises of a blacksmith made branding iron with two letters M and K differentiating it from other Keane families in the area. The Keanes use the colour blue. The Keanes were substantial sheep farmers.

Information kindly provided by Kathy Keane granddaughter of Michael Keane.

This page was added on 08/07/2018.

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