The video above has been published by RTÉ of Millstreet coming to a standstill for the Annual Spring Horse Fair of 1965. The Fair was not only a time for bargaining and dealing. It was also a social occasion that continues to attract the crowds, young and old, to the town. The video above is from a Newsbeat report broadcast on 12 April 1965, and was probably held on Sunday February 28th 1965 (the closest Sunday to March 1st). [update July 2015: the video has since been removed by RTE 🙁 ]
Below is a gallery of 27+ stills from the video. It is likely many of the people are not locals, but it would be interesting if people could help us recognise some people in the photos:
A few interesting thoughts:
- Back in those days the fair was held in the Square, and not the Fair Field where it is now held
- It’s interesting to see the old buildings, and the Avonmore beside the Bank of Ireland (with all its items for sale painted on the side wall), which has since been demolished and is now the entrance to Duggan Steel.
- Did the original building where the Credit Union is now also have a rounded corner? (see the second photo below at the start of the video)
- The Radio and TV Shop where Wordsworth now is … wasn’t that part of Buckley’s Stores? … so what’s the Murphy’s sign over the door? (in this photo) Answer: The sign is for Murphy’s Radio, a popular brand at the time (thanks to Seán O’Riordan in the comments below)
- Was the Bank of Ireland in Millstreet established in 1835 ? ( “Established in 1835” is on the windows in this photo). Bank of Ireland itself goes back to 1781.
- See how everyone was dressed up in suits and ties for the day!
- It’s easier to recognise see people in the videos, but some only appear for a fraction of a second, especially the children who would have been excited at the novelty of TV cameras
- One of the voices in the video reminds me very much of Richie O’Connor, Ballydaly. Would it be his father or grandfather?
- We’ve been adding more photos below since this photo was published initially so there is no harm looking again.
If you can’t see the video, you can watch it direclty on RTÉ.ie
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