School: Sceichín an Rince, Cloichín an Mhargaidh

Skeheenaranky, Co. Tipperary
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Local Fairs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0573, Page 207

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The local fairs in Cahir, Ballyporeen, and Mitchelstown. There are four fairs in Ballyporeen on the 12th of May, 21st of August, the second saturday in October and the 17th of December. The 12th of May and the 21st of August are old fairs. People have to pay for admission into Mitchelstown fair but not in Ballyporeen. They also have to pay for the weighing of pigs in Mitchelstown. There are two pig market in Ballyporeen each month on the second and last Thursday of the month. There are not any fairs in Sheheenarinky as it is too far from the railway station. Buyers come to the farmers houses buying cattle from Athlone and Kildare. Mr Finn, Auctioneer, Mitchelstown held a sheep and cattle sale at Sheheenarinky School cross about seven years ago. When the cattle are sold the buyer gives the seller a ticket and pays him. Then the seller gives him luck money. Half crown is given in luck money for a cow, two shillings for a calf and one shilling for a pig. The fair is held in Ballyporeen in Church St and in Mitchelstown in the Square. The sheep are marked with raddle and everyone has his own mark.

John Walshe
Skeheenaranky, Co. Tipperary