Wexford crafts couple forging ahead

13th August, 2017
Padraig Parle of Forge: descended from a family of blacksmithsGer Lawlor

Wexford couple Padraic Parle and Mairéad Parle opened their craft store The Forge in Baldinstown in 2013.

Cabinet-maker Padraic saw an opportunity to showcase his work with an on-site showroom, having diversified into wooden crafts during the recession. Primary school teacher Mairéad, meanwhile, was keen to get into retailing, so the pair set about renovating an old Parle family forge dating back six generations.

“Padraic is descended from a family of blacksmiths,...

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