School: Ballyleague (roll number 5973)

Location:
Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Patrick O' Dowd

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The Local Fairs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0259, Page 195

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The local fairs
At present, fairs are held in the towns of Roscommon, Longford and Lanesborro. In former times, buyers came to the farmer's house and bought whatever cattle the farmers had to sell. This is still done. Long ago, a fair was held in Ballinafad in a big field called the "Turlough."
At this fair, races were held and also matchmaking was carried on. The fair lasted a week, and during that time, faction fights took place. Most of the fights were between different political parties. About fifty years ago, the fair of Ballinafad was transferred to Strokestown where it is held on the twenty-

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Collector
John Quinn
Gender
female
Address
Moher, Co. Roscommon
Informant
John Corcoran
Gender
male
Address
Killattimoriarty, Co. Roscommon
Language
English