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Tom and Sheila Sexton Granagh, County Limerick and Albert Meaney, Kildysart, watching the world go by at Spancilhill. Photograph by Arthur Ellis.

A great fair at Spancilhill

AS usual, they came from far and near for the annual Fair of Spancilhill on Monday, and that was only the horses and ponies, as well as a number of donkeys for good measure.

A busy scene at the Fair of Spancilhill. Photograph by Arthur Ellis
A busy scene at the Fair of Spancilhill. Photograph by Arthur Ellis

The glorious weather brought out a big number of dealers and buying and selling was brisk throughout the day.  The quality of the animals at the fair was described as being very good and this was reflected in the prices that were achieved.

The fair also attracted quite a number of visitors, who were happy to observe  the time-honoured  traditions associated with showing the animals to prospective buyers and the bartering and hand slapping.

Judging by the 2014 fair, the event famed in song by Robbie McMahon, has a strong future and will continue as an important part of the heritage of County Clare.

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