The local fairs about here are held in the village of Ballinalee. There are more held at cross-roads or farmers' houses.
There are a great many buyers. There were hardly any buyers in the country some years ago. The people who are always selling and buying, are called dealers. The farmers buy & sell among themselves. A fair is held twice or three times a year in Ballinalee.
Sometimes the fairs are bad and sometimes they are good. When the men have agreed to sell they show their agreement by clapping hands. They generally give a luck penny as they call it, when they sell an animal. The fairs are not only for cows and calves but for sheep and pigs.
- May Mc Vitty
- Aghnashannagh, Co. Longford