Clay pipe

The cheap "clay pipe" was a staple of life for Irish peasants.

These ceramic pipes were produced in vast numbers, by a process which is demonstrated in the video at right.

JH 2015

A 19th century rural couple in Country Tyrone, identified as either Cormac and Kate Holland, or Patrick and Mary Ann McElroy. The man is smoking a clay pipe. Source:

Irish clay pipe making in County Roscommon. Source: YouTube.