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THOUGH the cutest among them might have said oth­er­wise, horse deal­ers were en­joy­ing brisk trade on Mar­ket Street on Thurs­day as the New Year got off on a great tra­di­tional note.

This was the first of the four an­nual fairs held on the fa­mous street, which sees the horse crowd com­ing out in droves with seem­ingly lit­tle prior ad­ver­tis­ing of the event and its chang­ing dates.

It’s as if the whole busi­ness of horses and ponies is so in­grained in them they can feel it in their wa­ters when it’s time to hit Lis­towel for a few choice deals.

There was plenty of buy­ing on Thurs­day and by all ages, in fur­ther in­di­ca­tion of how strong the horse tra­di­tion is likely to per­sist into the fu­ture.

As Dom­nick Walsh’s pho­to­graphs show, it was a day full of colour and char­ac­ter with huge in­put by the young – many show­ing mastery far be­yond their years.

Darragh Chawke from Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott cut quite the dash on his im­pres­sive mount (pic­tured be­low right); as did local girl Mol­lie O’Han­lon (above) in scenes that could have come from any pe­riod of our his­tory, mi­nus the clothes and rid­ing gear of the time, of course.

It re­mains a key part of our her­itage that would be lost at our peril.

ABOVE: Aoib­heann O’Leary (8) beam­ing clearly with love for her lit­tle pony at the Lis­towel Horse Fair on Thurs­day. Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

LEFT: James McCarthy (5) has the rein with Char­lie O’Brien (3), Mike Walsh, James McCarthy and Jonathan O’Brien.

Darragh Chawke from Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott cuts a dash on his im­pres­sive horse on Mar­ket Street.

All pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

Local girl Mol­lie O’Han­lon look­ing in ab­so­lute com­mand of her steed strid­ing through the Horse Fair on Mar­ket Street last Thurs­day.

LEFT: Pa­trick Fitzger­ald sur­veys the Horse Fair on Thurs­day. Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

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