Padre Pio Pil­grim­age

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FAIR Day in Mill­street comes twice an­nu­ally and the Septem­ber un­der­tak­ing was wel­comed by en­thu­si­as­tic num­bers con­ven­ing on the North West Cork town.

Per­fect weather con­di­tions added to the oc­ca­sion, yet equine stock were down in num­bers as an assem­bly of cobs, ponies, horses to don­keys and trot­ters dot­ted their usual po­si­tion in the Fair Field car park.

The Fair once upon a time pro­vided horses for the armies of Europe and closer to home, Guin­ness Brew­ery availed of equine stock to draw their pop­u­lar stout all over the coun­try.

That said, there were trans­ac­tions, a six year old piebald fetched €300 as Bal­li­na­gree’s bar­gained with one of the top buy­ers in the coun­try Michael Darcy from Car­low.

“Its a great price, look at her teeth, dead quiet, she is yours if you’re in­tered and I will give you luck money”, Jackie told the even­tual buyer.

Nowa­days, the Septem­ber Horse Fair is now more of a so­cial out­ing by meet­ing, re­new­ing ac­quain­tances and gen­er­at­ing new friend­ships. And the trap­pings of the mod­ern day Horse Fair were again ev­i­dent with the Town Square awash with stalls of ev­ery con­ceiv­able na­ture.

Again the num­bers of street traders were down on for­mer years. Boosted by the weather, those present en­joyed the car­ni­val at­mos­phere be­fore go­ing their sep­a­rate ways to view the big games ac­tion on TV.

Once the Fair was com­pleted late on Sun­day evening, a ded­i­cated crew from Cork County Coun­cil op­er­ated a speedy clean up ac­knowl­edged by traders, dwellers and vis­i­tors. A coach will travel to Knock Shrine for Padre Pio Cer­e­mony on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17.

For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ings, please con­tact Dar­ren on 029 79016 or 087-7994045.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.