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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Fair day success for Ballintogher

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

Austin Coleman from Carnaree and Angela McLoughlin from Ballintogher making some country butter

ALL the fun of the Fair – Ballintogher style.

There was everything from 'spud picking' to butter and boxty making at the second annual Gooseberry Fair last Saturday.

Crowds gathered in the village to turn back the clock once more and recall days when Fairs were held regularly.

Some unwelcome rain couldn't dampen the spirits.

One of the organisers, Agnes Burke said: "The atmosphere was great all day.

"The crowds were good.

"I think we had something for everyone."

The packed programme included a turf footing competition, basket making, and even a sheep race derby.

The Gooseberry Fair was traditionally held at this time of year in Ballintogher to mark the arrival of the fruit on the bushes.

Well-known comedy singer Richie Kavanagh went through all his familiar numbers on stage as also made as music continued throughout the day.

Vintage cars and tractors were on display.

There were local show cattle and show sheep and a pet farm on view.

Children too enjoyed the event.

In Moran's field they had a Rodeo Bull and Zorb Balls.

A Teddy Bear's picnic took place in the Hall.

'The Quakers' brought the curtain down on the Fair.

Agnes said: Overall, we were pleased and it was a great success".

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