Sunday 21 September 2014

Fun of the fair in Annascaul

Published 09/10/2013 | 05:36

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Richard Curran and John Prendiville who struck the first deal of the day at 8am last Sunday at the Baile an Cláir Horse Fair in Annascaul.
Dingle’s Tom Brosnan trading sheep.

A PROUD tradition continued in Annascaul on Sunday as the twice yearly Ballinclare Horse Fair was hosted in the village.

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Traders Richard Curran and John Prendiville struck the first deal of the day at 8am on Sunday morning at the fair which was first held in Baile an Chláir in the early 1800s when farmers and traders would travel from all over Munster and beyond to buy and sell cattle, sheep and horses.

Aside from the business of the buying and selling of animals there was plenty more happening besides in Annascaul on Sunday with children's fun and games and live music.

Mrs Kennedy was named Queen of Annascaul and will rule with the village King, Mr. M Griffin. Patrick O'Donnell was named Best Dressed Farmer on the day while the Best Dressed Lady award went to well known local country singer Noreen Ashe.

Local ladies Breda Curran and Michelle O'Donnell helped revive this Annascaul tradition some five years ago and since then the fair day has once again become a community staple in Annascaul in May and October.

"I would just like to thank everyone that turned up for the day and everyone who helped and supported us," Breda told The Kerryman.


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