Maam Cross Fair Oct 2008


October 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm (Connemara pony, horses, pony) (Impressions of Maam Cross Fair, Foal of the Fair, Kilmacduagh Princess)

Good view from up thereGoing back many years, certainly hundreds if not more, the Fair at Maam Cross is an amazing event, not just because of the huge crowds who congregate in their thousands there on the last Tuesday in October, but because of the variety of goods and animals on sale.  Everything from large coloured horses to their tiny horse relatives, to donkeys, goats, puppies, hens, geese and ducks to Connemara Pony geldings, mares and foals of all ages and sizes. 2-ponies-maam-cross-0271Traders and food wagons line the Clifden road. Cars, horse and cattle trailers, lorries and every sort of motor conveyance line the four roads converging on the Cross and Peacockes hotel, bar and restaurant does a roaring trade.  Parking is now regulated by many Gardai and yellow bollards flourish in an effort to keep three of the main roads open.  Walkie talkies keep through traffic regulated.  Families, the children well wrapped up from  the cold wind, older Connemara men in tweed caps puffing pipes, who have been coming here for years, young couples saunter forth, the sun shines and the goats-and-donkeysblue sky and timeless mountains cheer the heart until the next downpour when the whole sky darkens ominously again and vendors are heard to say, ‘no good staying here, you’d get more money for a sheep here today, it’s such a terrible day’; when suddenly the shower is over and the sun comes out again to thaw frozen hands and faces. And Busy road near Maam Crossthey don’t go home yet because they might miss someone, an old friend who also comes each year to this gathering. The Fair reminds me of stories of the Patrún or Pattern celebrating a feast day of long ago, the Samhain marking the time of year when farmers sold their crops and surplus animals before the onset of Winter. “The Irish name for the Crossroads is ‘An Teach Doite’ the burned house – (a reference to the Bogman’s Ball event where steaks were cooked on shovels and fire was often the result!).     Traditionally Maam Cross has been a trading post for livestock and good s for hundreds of years, the location of a monthly fair and the October horse fair which still exists today”. (from the Website of Maam Cross Mart)  Nowadays there are Cups and prizes for the best filly and colt foals of the Fair and the winning filly this year belonged to John Flaherty of Gort, Co.Galway.Champion filly foal with grandam

Filly Foal of the Fair
Filly Foal of the Fair

 

   


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