School: Rathdowney (B.) (roll number 15595)

Location:
Rathdowney, Co. Laois
Teacher:
Peter Hegarty

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Local Fairs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0827, Page 359

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There are eleven fairs held in Rathdowney every year and one in the village of Donaghmore. The fair is held here every third Tuesday of the month.
When the bargain is made the buyer slaps the seller's hand and that seals the bargain. Then the buyer gets back some money which is called the "luck -penny" and according to the price of the beast the "luck-penny" is given. It could be from a threepenny bit up to ten Shillings. Long ago fairs were called "Aonach" because the people gathered together to sing

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Collector
Willie Whealan
Gender
male
Address
Rathdowney, Co. Laois
Informant
Mr Gorman
Gender
male
Age
70
Address
Rathdowney, Co. Laois
Language
English