Thanks to Jane Thomas who sent us the below photos of the Spring Horse Fair in Millstreet (Sunday March 3rd 2019).
The March Horse Fair on February 28th was a quiet event by any standards, and the few horses in attendance seemed to go home early.
The above interesting scene in the Square is by Ola.
It was such a busy Sunday in Millstreet with the International Equestrian Event at Drishane and the equally successful Vintage Open Day at Lackabawn. Let’s view some extra images from the colourful Fair [read more …] “September Horse Fair 2015 in Millstreet”
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: [read more …] “Spring Horse Fair 1965”
The humerous extract on the right appeared in the “The Irish Canadian” newspaper, on Thursday October 22nd 1885.
It wasn’t the first time it happened:
“HUNTING A BAILIFF – Great excitement was caused in Millstreet last evening by the presence in the main street of the town of a bailiff named Daveron, who was immediately set upon by the people, hooted, and booed down the street. The violence of the crowd increased so much that Daveron was compelled to seek refuge in the police barrack. He was unable to get a lodging. His business was to serve a writ.” – from the Irish Examiner 2nd July 1881.
[read more …] “Thrown out through the Window”
Tomorrow (Sunday August 31st) is September Fair Day in Millstreet
It’s always the closest Sunday to September 1st
Taken in front of the AIB. Spot anyone you know? I can see Maurice Murphy.
Don’t forget that the September Fair day is on this coming Sunday!