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Festivals & Fairs in Ireland

There are lots of interesting festivals and fairs throughout Ireland, especially in the summer months.

Puck Fair: is a traditional annual fair, held in Killorglin, Co. Kerry for the past 300+ years. A wild adult male-goat (puck) is crowned 'King of the Fair' for 3 days and then released back into the mountains.

Trim Hay Making Festival: is held in the heritage town of Trim, Co Meath each year in June (this year 14,15,16th June) It features horse and vintage-tractor mowers; animal parade; donkey-derby; arts and crafts; wren-boys and much more. A celebration of cultural heritage and traditions plus a host of other events with fun, music and dancing. See the official site:

Spancilhill Horse Fair: Each year on the 23rd of June (Midsummer Eve or St. John's Eve) the famous Spancilhill Horse Fair is held on the nearby Fair Green. The first charter for this historic fair was granted by King Charles over 300 years ago and in the past, the fair lasted for a week or more. At one time, Spancilhill was said to be Ireland's largest fair with buyers from Britain, Russia, Prussia, and France competing to purchase the best stock for their Imperial armies. In recent times it has evolved into a one day show and fair where the leading horses and donkeys in the country are presented. It attracts up to 5,000 horses and more than twice as many visitors each year. References:

Clarinbridge Fair: a traditional fair held each year in Clarinbridge, a small village at the eastern end of Galway-Bay, in early September, to mark the start of the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival.

Dunderry Fair: is an annual event held in May in the village of Dunderry, Co. Meath. The proceedings are donated to charity.

Cork Clipper Festival 7th-9th July 2010
Borris Fair
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Dunderry Fair
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Good Taste Expressions Over There
Red Dress Fair Maiden Rude Message ... no offense meant! Street Theatre
Kiss the Donkey Fair Maidens Style Council Mistress of Cermonies Shrek, Fiona and Donkey
Legs Eleven Borris Fair 2 Galway Sheep Horse-Fair, Spancil-Hill Doing a deal
Tiaras for Sale Purebred Galway Sheep Cahirmee Horse Fair Borris Fair
St. Patrick's Day Parade Dancing Granny Mad March Hare Mare, Foal & Minder Vintage Threshing Machine
Spancilhill Fair Judging the Dogs 'Bonny Babby' Basil Brush Street Trader
Dentition Coonagh Crew Waltzing Matilda Rally of the Lakes 2011 Galway Sheep
Killorglin Fair Hurling Team Pony Champion Large & Little Jacobs Ram
Tracey Concrete Let's Dance Horsedrawn Mower White Foal High Jinks
Lost Something? Cahirmee Horse Fair Peter Coffey Wild Thing George
Posing in Pink Frisky Filly Busy Shopfront Horse Judging Competition Family Group
Vintage Tractor Fair Maidens Punk Senior Curiosity Making Hay while ...
Bog Barrow Peeling Spuds Na'vi Horses for Sale Irish Dancing
Miniatures We are not amused Manekin Fresh Produce Horse Fair
Street Theatre 5 Crowd Scene Killorglin Parade Harness Maker Limerick Filipino Community 2
Close quarters After the Horse Fair Big Hair Approaching the Finish Head to Head
Donkey Meath Foxhounds visit Horan's Pub Celtic Warrior Bad Hair Day Black Mare
Piggy Wiggy The Nose Foal Naming Ceremony Roast Pork All dressed up ...
Stallion Parade Fresh Carrots Llama Portrait 2 Horse Power Starting Lineup
White Goat Over there! Oysters Spinning Wheel Going to the fair
Killorglin Fair Pet Lamb Hot Dogs Street Theatre 3 Martial Arts
Melly Waggit Queen of the Fair Longhorn Goat Judjes Mashing the Spuds
Sunburn Tommy Dowd's Daughter Llama Portrait Enjoying the Fair Plaques for Sale
Champion Donkey Vintage Haymaking Killorglin Fair Dunderry for Madness Crowning the Puck
Donkey Care Killorglin Busker Where's the Fair? Currach Race Team Waiting for a buyer
Parade Marshal The Horse didn't do it! Horse + Cart 3 Miss UN Europe Donkey Derby
What's going on? Cooking the Spuds Creperie Dog Whistler Set Dancing
Man of Aran, Fudge The Picasso Piccolo Troupe Killorglin Parade Bad Hair Day Tossing the Fleece
Crowning the Puck Narrow Dogs Horse Fair Rainbow Warrior Any Bids?
Bird Man Finishing Touch Winning Team Llama Kiss All the Fun of the Fair
Toy Shop Killorglin Cattle Fair Painting with Light Dining with Donkeys Man from Pretoria
Killorglin Parade Pony Rides Killorglin Fair Party Frocks Going to the Fair
Finishing Touch 2 Balloon Launch Currach Race Prize Stallion King Puck, bronze statue
Judging the Goats Me and my Dad Alice in Wonderland Traditional Music Main Street
Leprechaun Bikers Hot Air Balloon Horse Fair Bubbles Cahirmee Horse Fair
Bonnets Killorglin Fair Ready to Sell Street Theatre
Steam Engine Rally of the Lakes 2011 Killorglin Parade St. Patrick's Day Parade Killorglin Parade
At the Fair Cattle Market Killorglin Fair Limerick Filipino Community Goat Judging
Donkey Foal Dunderry Fair Pedicure Horse + Cart 2 Meet the Champion
Vintage Car East meets West Last minute adjustment Horse Fair
Ladies under-23 Elite Duathlon Final Killorglin Town Taking a Break Chip off the old block
Big Wheel European Duathlon Championship - Open Race Boy George Clipper Race The Puck Ascending
Harness Auction Same Circus, Different Clown The runaways Puck Parade
Little Miss Muffet Convertible Hugh DeLacey The Wild Hunt Chip off the old block
Ladies Eight Contestant Running away with the Circus Horses Playing the Umbrella Pup for Sale
Blue Yonder Turf Fired Spuds Buttevant Horse Fair Horse Snack Enjoying the Fair
Craftsmanship Quad Biker Salute Horse + Cart 4 Horse
Street Theatre 4 Bareback Rider Let me at him Expressions Turf Boats
Painting with Light 2 Puck Fair Bareback Cowboy Irish Red Cross Traditional Music
Melly Waggit Garden Helpers Traditional Caravan Opening the Fair - The Angelus Daddy, Teddy & Me!
Balloons for Sale Goats Hat Vendor Fun at the Fair Goats
Street Trader Airborne Livestock + Minder As happy as a pig in ...
Donkey + Handler Windswept Skipper What are my chances? Round the World 2 Plaster Work
Show Time Jaunting Car 2 Umbrella Shakedown Three Card Trick Macnas Parade
Window Party Horse + Cart 1 Portable Advertising Round the World Minstrel
Music Man goes Mobile Dappled Greys Bring on the Party Rescue Demo Crew Clowning About
Yellow Umbrella Round the World 3 Practice Run Wearing the Colours
Cymbals Raffle for the Missions Team Ploughing Piebald - Cahirmee Horse Fair Defying Gravity
Cob Stallion for Sale M'Asal Beag Dubh Shadow Play Six Legs Carnival Atmosphere
Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross Flying Ploughman Sonos Dancers Having a Laugh Triplets
Heavy Weather Hey Mrs. Tambourine Vintage Ploughing Hubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble No, this way!
Ladies Pairs 2 Belle of the Ball Dunderry Fair 2012 Galway Hookers Racing Galway Hookers Racing
Just Checking Galway Hookers Umbrella Shakedown 3 Scarecrows Galore! Homeward bound
Roses Galore! Fire-Eating Stilt-Walker Snow White Bareback Rider Five Horses
Poseidon Buffalo Wings Bogged Down Period Dress Don't Feed the Animals
Let's Dance? The King is Back in Town Fried Eggs And the Band played Waltzing Matilda Horseman, pass by!
Ancient Mariner Rearing to Go I love my horse Push-Off Into the West
Cooling Off Clowning About Political Scarecrow Bad Ass Balloons
Fighting Irish Horse Fair Piper at the Gates Pike Fishing Black Smoke
Farrier at Work Enjoying the Fair Cooking the Spuds�Cooking the Spuds�Cooking the Spuds�Cooking the Spuds Traditional Butter Making Ballinasloe Horse Fair
Flashing - Bareback Deep Thought Riverfest 2012 Water Wheelies Pups in a Pram
Just Kidding Cobb Stallion for Sale My Little Pony Cob Stallion for Sale Fitting the Shoe
Breakout! Pig Racing Father & Sons Local Musicians Sulkie Trials
The Shepherd Tractor Seats Donkey Foals for Sale Win a Bull Good Friends
Bareback Rider Men and Machines Steam Engine - Colleen Bawn - c1929