School: Moynalty (B.)

Location:
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Uillford Ó Maoilmhichil

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The Local Fairs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0705, Page 390

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Kells, Mullagh and Nobber are the local fairs. In several cases dealings were made at cross roads or at the houses. The best fair in days gone by was the fair of Carlanstown bridge. Mullagh being more of a centre for store cattle the buyers patronised it. It is one of the best fair of store cattle held in Meath at present. There used to be tents and dancing and singing carried on in them. The dealer always bids a few pounds less than the beast is worth and the seller asks a few pounds more than the beast is worth. The dealer keeps advancing and the keeps dropping so in this way they clench the bargain. Some mark the cattle with keel while others clip them with a scissors. Luck money is generally given. It is called a luck penny. The amount of money that is given depends on the price of the beast. The big fairs are the 9th Sept

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Collector
Peter Smyth
Gender
male
Address
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Informant
Mrs Smyth
Gender
female
Address
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Language
English