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Irish Festivals

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: http://www.trimhaymakingfestival.com

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: http://www.spancilhillfair.com/html/history.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spancill_Hill

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. http://www.dunderryfair.ie/

Cork Clipper Festival 7th-9th July 2010 http://www.corkclipperfestival.com/

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Good Taste Expressions Over There
Red Dress Fair Maiden Kiss the Donkey
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Style Council Mistress of Cermonies Legs Eleven
Doing a deal Tiaras for Sale Rude Message ... no offense meant!
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St. Patrick's Day Parade Borris Fair 2 Mare, Foal & Minder
Mad March Hare Judging the Dogs Street Trader
Basil Brush Waltzing Matilda 'Bonny Babby'
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Dentition Galway Sheep Large & Little
Pony Champion Horsedrawn Mower High Jinks
Peter Coffey Lost Something? George
Cahirmee Horse Fair White Foal Family Group
Posing in Pink Purebred Galway Sheep Vintage Tractor
Horse Judging Competition Irish Dancing Making Hay while ...
Horse Fair Wild Thing Killorglin Parade
Fair Maidens Curiosity Peeling Spuds
Manekin We are not amused After the Horse Fair
Approaching the Finish Punk Senior Na'vi
Piggy Wiggy Frisky Filly Harness Maker
Llama Portrait 2 Donkey Miniatures
Roast Pork Fresh Carrots Borris Fair
Street Theatre 5 Big Hair The Nose
Killorglin Fair Celtic Warrior Black Mare
All dressed up ... Over there! Oysters
Longhorn Stallion Parade Killorglin Fair
Limerick Filipino Community 2 Pet Lamb Goat Judjes
Horse Power Hot Dogs Starting Lineup
Bog Barrow Queen of the Fair Bad Hair Day
Foal Naming Ceremony White Goat Llama Portrait
Enjoying the Fair Sunburn Street Theatre 3
Crowning the Puck Melly Waggit Galway Sheep
Mashing the Spuds Killorglin Busker Killorglin Fair
Going to the fair Let's Dance The Horse didn't do it!
Dog Whistler Where's the Fair? Vintage Haymaking
Narrow Dogs Dunderry for Madness Waiting for a buyer
Parade Marshal Crowning the Puck Cooking the Spuds
The Picasso Piccolo Troupe Horse + Cart 3 Tommy Dowd's Daughter
Set Dancing Plaques for Sale What's going on?
Donkey Care Currach Race Team Donkey Derby
Winning Team Miss UN Europe Pony Rides
Champion Donkey Tossing the Fleece Bird Man
Currach Race Party Frocks Finishing Touch
Any Bids? Horse Fair Steam Engine
Going to the Fair Creperie Man from Pretoria
Me and my Dad Killorglin Parade Man of Aran, Fudge
Bad Hair Day Head to Head Llama Kiss
Judging the Goats Bonnets Cahirmee Horse Fair
Pedicure Killorglin Cattle Fair Killorglin Fair
All the Fun of the Fair Meet the Champion Killorglin Parade
Painting with Light Traditional Music Alice in Wonderland
Balloon Launch Killorglin Parade Street Theatre
Horse Fair Prize Stallion Killorglin Fair
Taking a Break Horse + Cart 2 Killorglin Fair
Main Street Bubbles Ready to Sell
Killorglin Town Goat Judging Harness Auction
At the Fair Hot Air Balloon Limerick Filipino Community
Leprechaun Bikers Donkey Foal Spinning Wheel
Busy Shopfront Vintage Car Rainbow Warrior
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Rally of the Lakes 2011 Clipper Race Tracey Concrete
Playing the Umbrella Killorglin Parade Big Wheel
Little Miss Muffet Horse Fair The Puck Ascending
Enjoying the Fair t5%2f33%2f836333%2f4%2f104185813.o9esnpr6.jpg Horses
Chip off the old block Quad Biker Rally of the Lakes 2011
Boy George Ladies under-23 Elite Duathlon Final Chip off the old block
Running away with the Circus Fresh Produce Crowd Scene
Convertible The Wild Hunt King Puck, bronze statue
Bareback Rider St. Patrick's Day Parade Blue Yonder
Hugh DeLacey The runaways Cattle Market
Bareback Cowboy Last minute adjustment Turf Fired Spuds
Garden Helpers Irish Red Cross Cahirmee Horse Fair
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Puck Parade East meets West Painting with Light 2
European Duathlon Championship - Open Race Hat Vendor Horse Snack
Dunderry Fair Turf Boats Round the World
Three Card Trick Horse Street Theatre 4
Puck Fair Salute Round the World 2
Opening the Fair - The Angelus Craftsmanship Expressions
Horse + Cart 4 Vintage Threshing Machine Traditional Caravan
Windswept Skipper Plaster Work Dining with Donkeys
Let me at him Round the World 3 t1%2f33%2f836333%2f4%2f104185834.FwVVm3JN.jpg
Livestock + Minder Balloons for Sale Umbrella Shakedown
Jacobs Ram Toy Shop Traditional Music
As happy as a pig in ... Window Party Macnas Parade
Raffle for the Missions Minstrel Donkey + Handler
Goats Practice Run Me, Dad & Teddy
Horse + Cart 1 Portable Advertising Ladies Eight Contestant
Goats Melly Waggit Street Trader
Bring on the Party Airborne Cymbals
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Fun at the Fair Shadow Play Martial Arts
Clowning About Finishing Touch 2 What are my chances?
Carnival Atmosphere Six Legs Hey Mrs. Tambourine
Yellow Umbrella Dappled Greys Wearing the Colours
Show Time Homeward bound Flying Ploughman
Piebald - Cahirmee Horse Fair Team Ploughing Having a Laugh
Close quarters Music Man goes Mobile Buttevant Horse Fair
Umbrella Shakedown 3 Heavy Weather Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
Fire-Eating Stilt-Walker Vintage Ploughing Bareback Rider
Ladies Pairs 2 Five Horses Coonagh Crew
Triplets Belle of the Ball Push-Off
Horseman, pass by! Dunderry Fair 2012 Cob Stallion for Sale
Buffalo Wings Fried Eggs And the Band played Waltzing Matilda
Piper at the Gates Hubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble Let's Dance?
Period Dress Roses Galore! Farrier at Work
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Defying Gravity Bogged Down Sonos Dancers
Don't Feed the Animals Political Scarecrow Cooling Off
Poseidon Snow White Galway Hookers
Galway Hookers Racing Masal Beag Dubh Galway Hookers Racing
Scarecrows Galore! Ancient Mariner Rearing to Go
Fighting Irish Just Checking Clowning About
Deep Thought Enjoying the Fair Water Wheelies
Into the West Bad Ass Balloons Riverfest 2012
No, this way! Flashing - Bareback Ballinasloe Horse Fair
Horse Fair Pike Fishing I love my horse
Dunderry Fair
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Pups in a Pram Meath Foxhounds visit Horan's Pub
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The Shepherd Just Kidding Father & Sons
Sulkie Trials Cobb Stallion for Sale Borris Fair
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Tractor Seats Local Musicians Win a Bull
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