Cavan Cooper – No. 12
This film documents the once numerous craft of coopering, a craft which has been in steady decline with the advent of changing demands and materials. A highly skilled craftsman, Ned Gavin has been working as a Cooper in Ballinagh, Co. Cavan since the age of fourteen, when he was apprenticed to the local Cooper. He made his first churn when he was just seventeen. We see him making a one-cow dash churn, Noggins for drinking out of, Piggins for holding milk, and stave-built churns and barrels, while being watched by his grandsons. Made in 1981.
Commentary- Ray Mc Anally; Music- Jolyon Jackson; Running time – 26 minutes