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  1. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Sullivan
    Age
    14

    The local fairs are held in Granard, Castlepollard and Mostrim. They are always held in those towns at present. It is very seldom buyers carry on business at a farmer's house but long ago they used to carry on a lot of business at farmers' houses.
    Long ago the fairs were held in forts. The oldest fairs of Granard were held on the third of May and on the first of October. These fairs were held till last year but they are going to be held no longer. They were called the "Custom Fairs". About a hundred years ago people would be going for a week before the fairs. They would stay in the town till the fairs were over. People came from all parts of Ireland to these two old fairs.
    At present all fairs are held on the streets. The old fairs were held in a place called the green. The old fairs

  2. The Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Meehan
    Informant
    Michael Meehan

    The local Fairs are held in Rathdowney and Templemore once every month. Buyers never transaact business at farmers' houses or cross roads. Fairs were always held we are told. Fairs were never held on hills in the neighbourhood or in old castles or forts. But fairs were held in the fair green. In some places yet fairs are held in the fair green. The local town fairs are held in the streets. Toll is paid on sold cattle. It may be sixpence or half a crown or two shillings. Toll is paid by the seller of the animals. When the bargain is made they show their agreement by clapping their feet against the ground or spitting or striking hands. Cattle that are sold are marked with a scissors, others are marked by a raddle. When cattle are sold the halter or reins is never given. The best fairs of the year are January, March, and October. There is no special fairs held for the sale of sheep and bonhams. But special fairs are

  3. Local Fairs

    Language
    English

    The local fairs are held in the villages and towns. Up to a few years ago the buyers used to transact business in the country at the crossroads and in the farmers' houses. Fairs used to be held at crossroads but this custom has discontinued. Tradition tells us that there were fairs held on the hills. There used to be fairs held on a hill in this locality.in olden times fairs used to be held in the old ruins of cemeteries and in old castles. There used to be fairs held in forts. It is said that fairies used to guard the cattle. Fairs are not held in the streets nowadays they are held in a fair-green. Toll is paid on cattle sold but not in County Cavan. Toll is paid to rollers sixpence per head

  4. Local Fairs

    Language
    English

    The only fairs held in this parish are held here in the town of Edgeworthstown. They are held twelve times in the year one each month for cattle, sheep, and horses. There are also twelve held in the year for pigs. Pig fairs are held the day previous to the other fairs. Customs are charged when the fairs are in the fair green. At five of these fairs at which cattle, sheep and horses are sold there is a patent. All the other fairs are held on the street.

  5. Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Jarlath Murphy
    Informant
    Thomas Murphy

    A fair used to be held in the district long ago. Fairs were also held in the towns. There used to be a fair held in Ranaughard long ago and there is a field there called Páirc an Aoinigh. The buyers used not go from house to house buying stock. Fairs were held long ago where no fairs are held now. Some fairs were put to an end because not there was not many cattle coming to them. When people go to fairs they have to pay custom on every beast that is sold. The people have to pay 6d for cattle that are sold and 2d for sheep and 6d for horses. When the people buy stock they give a little of the money back to the buyer. That money is called lucks money. When a buyer buys cattle he puts a mark on them because if he did not put a mark on them the seller could sell them again.

    The fairs were always held in the towns long ago. The buyers used not go round from house to house buying stock. The buyers used to buy the stock at the fairs. Toll Toll

  6. Foxford Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Annie Brogan
    Informant
    Dan Brogan
    Age
    74
    Occupation
    farmer

    In this district the fairs are held in the same way as long ago. If a man sells a cow or a bullock he has to pay sixpence. This is called toll. It is a mixed fair in Foxford. The cattle, sheep, pigs and horses are sold the same day. There is a monthly fair held in Foxford on the first Tuesday of every month. These fairs are usually small. Five old fairs are held in Foxford every year, one in May, one in June, one in October, one in November and one in December. These fairs are big but the biggest of them are the May fair and the December fair. A good many jobbers come to the old fairs but not many come to the monthly fairs. There are not many pigs sold at Foxford fairs now because most of the people send their pigs to Castlebar Bacon Factory. If it is a jobber that buys he has a mark of his own but if it is a country man that buys he only rubs dirt on her back

  7. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary L. Judge
    Informant
    Francis Judge

    In Crossmolina there are twelve fairs every year and six in Lahardane. There are two fairgreens in Crossmolina, one is called the new fair and is situated above the Catholic church and the other, the old fair, is near the Protestant church. Nine of the fairs are held in the new fairgreen and three in the old one. A day before the cattle and sheep fair there is a fair for pigs.
    Rakestreet, which is situated about two and a half miles south-west of Crossmolina, was noted some years ago for its flourishing fairs until the new fairs were established in Crossmolina by John Nolan and since then no fairs were held in Rakestreet. There were great fairs for cattle, horses, and sheep. There used to be thirteen fairs in

  8. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mr J. Hall

    The local fairs are held in Clones, Cootehill, Monaghan, and Ballybay. They are always held in towns. Sometimes buyers transact business in the country while the animals are being brought to the fairs, or at the house before or after the fairs. There used to be a fair in Newbliss long ago, but there are more now because the village is too small. The town fairs are held in a special place. When the animals are sold, lucky money is given., this is called a luck penny.
    When a bargain is made, the parties shake hands with each other. There are no special fairs for sheep or horses. The great fairs of the year locally are the May and November fairs.

  9. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Carrigy
    Age
    13

    The local fairs are held in Granard, Castlepollard and Mostrim every month. They are held in a green. Long ago there were two fairs in Granard called custom fairs. The people that bought cattle in those two fairs had to pay so much to certain men that were collecting it when the fairs were nearly over. The fairs for pigs and horses are not on the same days as they are for cattle. There was an old pig fair held long ago at Float Station. There were pig fairs in Castlepollard on the same days as they were at the Station. When the buyers would be coming to the train the local people would carry down the pigs from Castlepollard that were not sold and the owner of the pigs would pay them. Any of the local people that had pigs to sell would bring them over to the Float and the pigs would be sold.
    When they are making the bargains the seller holds out one of his hands and the buyer hits the seller's hand

  10. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Bríd Nich Ulaidh
    Age
    11
    Informant
    Pádruig Ó Aongusa
    Age
    56

    035
    Local Fairs.
    Local fairs are held in Tulla, Quin,Spancil Hill and Kilkishen.In the town these fairs are always held.The only special fair is held in Spancil Hill..This one is held in the country.The town fairs are not held in the streets but there is a special fairgreen provided.The day before the fair buyers often bought cattle in the farmers houses.These cattle were not allowed to enter into yhe fairgreen when they were not bought at the fair.There were no extra fairs long ago .The same kind of fairs that were held long ago are also held now.There is no toll paid at the January or February fairs.There is toll paid on all cattle that are sold to the man who owns the fairgreens.In Tulla it is paid to Mr.O Donohue

  11. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary L. Judge
    Informant
    Francis Judge

    August and the 1st November. There used to be good fairs for horses and cattle. The 1st of November was the best for horses and foals in this part of the country and the 4th August was the best for cattle. These two fairs went to the decline since the new fairs were established in Ballina. The new fairs are held in Ballina every first Friday, and are a great success.

  12. The Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nora Mc Nicholas
    Informant
    Mrs Mc Nicholas

    fairs are held for horses and sometimes for sheep. Bonhams are sold at pig-fairs and sometimes at markets. The great horse fairs are held on New Years day and throughout the month of November. The sheep are sold at the local cattle fairs.

  13. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Pádraig Ó Leidhin
    Informant
    Thomas Lyons

    The fairs are held in Listowel. The cattle fairs are held in the Square and the pig fairs are held in the market. They are held once a fortnight. When you sell the cattle you must pay toll on them. The people give the jobber luck penny when they are getting paid. The cattle are marked with coloured chalk. There are three big fairs in the year: May fair, July fair and the October fair.

  14. Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Imelda Murray

    parties. All the people at the fairs took part at either side. Fairs are held in every town. In the big towns they are held every month. In the small towns they are held once or twice a year. In a big town, the fairs are held in a fair green. In a small town, the fairs are held in the streets.

  15. Fairs in olden times were much like the fairs we have at present. The princaple fairs in this district are Innis, and Gort, there are fairs in other places round these are onely the big ones.

  16. The Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Annie Mooney
    Informant
    Martin Forde
    Age
    52

    The local fairs are held in Tynagh, Kilimore, Portumna and Loughrea. There are eleven fairs held in Tynagh annually. There are thirteen held in Kilimore annually there are twelve held in Portumna and twelve held in Loughrea annnually. Fairs are held in towns now but long ago the landlords used tohold fairs in the country for their own business. There was such a fair in Newbridge but it has been discontunied for the last thirty years. All the local fairs are held in fairgreens. There is no toll now but long ago there used to be 2 and 4 paid on every beast that would be sold. When an animal is sold the buyer has always to get back luck money according to how the bargain is made When parties are making a bargain they strike hands and divide the difference in the money. When a horse is sold the halter is gien with the horse. Portumna is the great fair locally. Loughrea is also the great fair locally for bonhams and cattle.

  17. Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Lohan
    Age
    13

    The cattle fairs are held in Ballygar the 18th of every month. The pig fairs are held on the Thursday before the 18th. About 16 years ago there used to be eight fairs in Ballygar during the year. There were no one held in May, September, November andn December. Cattle, sheep and pigs used be sold on the same day. They used to bring out the pigs at 2 o'clock in the morning and then come home for the cattle. There used be two fairs in Newbridge one time where the Chapel is built. The fairs were held on the 16th October and the 1st of May. The dealers marked the cattle with chalk.

  18. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Ambie Kelly
    Informant
    Patrick Enright
    Age
    62

    The local fairs long ago were held in Listowel, Tarbert or Glin. The fairs were always held in a town long ago. The buyers never came to the country on any account except when they bought calves or old cows. There were fairs held long ago that are not held now because the buyers could not attend. Fairs were never held any place except in towns. The fairs are always held on the street. There is toll always paid in Listowel and it is given to Lord Listowel.

  19. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Rogers
    Informant
    John Morgan
    Age
    76

    of the animal with a scissors. Some mark them with mud. Sometimes cattle pigs or horses are brought to the fairs with a halter especially if the animal is wild but this halter is always brought home again as the old people think they would give away their luck. Fairs were held long ago in Ballinamuck which was the scenes of the great battle between the Irish and French and the English but this fair is not held now. Cant men and women that is sales men with tents on the street attends the fairs selling old clothes boots and all kinds of implements these come from Dublin. Ballad singers and street musician also attend those fairs. There dose not be many drunk at fairs at the present time but long ago people got drunk and then there were faction fight in which people were often injured. There are none of them at the present time.

  20. Local Fairs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    N. Ní Dhuilleáin

    The fairs are held once a fortnihgt in Listowel. The fairs are always held in the town. There are fairs generally held at old castles. The cattle are sold to the buyers. The cattle are sold at different prices according to quality. When cattle are sold the buyers get luck money. The buyer marks the cattle red or blue while more cut them in the back with scissors. When an animal is sold the halter is given away. There are no special fairs held for sheep or bonhams. There is a special fair for horses. There are three big fairs in Listowel 13th of May, 25th of July, 28th of October.