Tuesday 23 July 2019

Fair day is real community event

Brendan Keane

The people of Clohamon and the surrounding areas came out in force recently to attend the local village fair.

The history of the event can be traced back to 1610, however, it gradually decreased in size and the last fair to be held in recent times was during the 1930s so the local committee that organised this year's revival worked very hard to make sure it was an event to remember.

It was a successful task in every way as it attracted a very large gathering of people to the village.

As well as reviving the fair the event was also organised to raise money for Clohamon Community Development Group.

Speaking to this newspaper one of the organisers, Caroline Fortune, thanked everyone who helped to make it a great success.

The development group is hopeful of getting grant aid under the Town and Village renewal fund to carry out major development work in the area.

The members are awaiting confirmation from Wexford County Council as to whether or not their application is successful but as Ms Fortune pointed out the application wouldn't have been possible without the help of local people and companies like Slaney Meats who helped with the submission.

Other businesses like Power Foley Car Sales and painter and decorator, John Kavanagh, were also acknowledged for giving their support to the fair.

'We had market traders from Bunclody indoor market,' said Ms Fortune.

'We also had music and the main event was the street tug of war which had an official referee,' she added.

The charitable nature of local people was highlighted by two local musicians, William Dunne and Liam Ascot, who gave the proceeds of their street busking throughout the afternoon to the community group.

Local artist, Una Murphy, did likewise with the proceeds from her stall.

Well known group, 'The Bridies' added a bit of colour and a high level of humour to the day with their Clohamon Haka before competing in the tug of war competition. There was also an appearance from 'Mrs Browne'. Mick Gahan, from the village pub, was acknowledged by the organisers for his sponsorship of the insurance to cover the tug of war event.

'It was a great day out and we were delighted that people came from around the local areas to attend,' said Ms Fortune.

Gorey Guardian