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Episode 2 broadcast on 10th October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Ella McSweeney
Hide and Sow: Leather-working in Ireland
It’s no surprise that Ireland used to export vast quantities of leather hide across Europe. Shoes, saddles, sofas - our leather was in demand. But today, there are no tanneries left in the country and only a handful of people are working with leather. Ella meets Willie Power, who spent decades working in Portlaw Tannery in Waterford; she also talks to Paul Ronan who ran the last tannery in Ireland. George Tutty is one man who uses leather every day - for 60 years his family has handmade shoes in Kildare. Ella meets him to find out more.