School: Rockfield (roll number 15378)

Rockfield, Co. Sligo
Caoimhín Ó Duibhín

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The Local Fairs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0174, Page 268

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The local fairs are held in Coolaney, Collooney, Ballymote, and Tull, Tubbercurry once a month.

This is how cattle, sheep, and pigs are sold. Firstly the man brings a calf to the fair to sell him, and he meets a buyer. The buyer asks the man "How much do you want for that calf". "I want six pound". "I will give you £5 = 10" says the buyer. Then an other man comes along to settle the bargain, and he strikes their hands together, and so the bargain is made. The buyer puts a mark of blue paint on the calf's back and brings him away. The man gives some money for luck.

Patrick Mc Laughlin