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Tag: Horse Fair July 2017

July 6 2017 Horsefair in Market Street

Photo by Seán Mc Inerney of Mallow Camera Club


Horses on Dublin Streets in the 1980s

Photo shared on Facebook by Eric Luke


Horses on Listowel Street in July 2017


Listowel in Bloom

Horse Fair July 6 2017 and Pres. Girls in the 1950s

Theresa Collins of Mallow Camera Club took this.


What a Boyo, What an obituary!

Seán Mac an tSíthigh shared this on Twitter


Sign over Mike the Pies


Scenes from the July Horse Fair in Market Street


Pres. Girls in the 1950s

This old photo has set ladies of a certain age talking.  I had forgotten that I had posted it twice already. Marie Neligan who originally sent the photo has named most of the girls as best she remembers them.

Back row: Eleanor Leahy,
Eileen Barrett,    ?      , Celia Carroll, Rose Healy Fitzmaurice,
? Walsh,   Marie Neligan,   Doreen Stack, Nora O’Keefe. ?

Middle row: Kathleen
Fitzgerald,    ?, Margaret Sheehan, Mary ?,    Phyllis Horgan, Kathleen Dunworth,   ? Beasley, Kathleen O’Keefe,  Cathy Mae Leahy, Maeve Maloney, ? Murphy.

Front row: Nora Barry,  Margaret Horgan, ?,   Noreen Mahoney,  Geraldine Reidy (visitor from the USA)   Patsy Hartnett,   Marie Buckley, Terry Buckley, Dympna Carroll.

The nun is Sr. Dympna 

These are the girls as
Marie Neligan remembers them and she estimates the year as 1953/54.

Helen O’Connor added this back in May.   “My sister, Delia Walsh, 6th from Top L – beside
Marie Nelligan (sender of photo).  Delia married Peter Spellman and lives
in Manchester.  Her grown up family lives there too. Delia and her husband
come home every year to Listowl/Ballybunion.  She remembers most of her
class in picture but doesn’t know where they are now. 

Eileen Barrett (neighbour of Delia Walsh), 2nd top
from L married Connie Leahy and continued living in Listowel, but unfortunately
died a few years ago.”

July 2017 Horse Fair and a taste of Home Ec. in the 1950s

Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken

Vincent Higgins of Mallow Camera Club took this great photo.


Clounmacon Man in Tralee

 A roving photographer met Mr. Buckley in Tralee. He is 82 , was born in Clounmacon and now lives in Milltown.


Girl’s Education in 1950

This is an actual page from a 1950s Home Ec book. Lisa Carmody found it and posted it on Facebook. In case its too small for you to read here are a few gems;

Welcome your husband home with a warm meal.

Be rested, made up and with a ribbon in your hair when he comes home tired from work.

Tidy away all signs of family life and dust the place. It will give you a lift.

Wash and tidy up the children and plaster a smile on your gob.

Bring his drink and his slippers to his favourite chair for him.

Listen to him and don’t complain.

(Words fail me!)


Horse Fair July 6 2017

There were all forms of farmyard fowl on sale. This man told me that demand was very brisk for geese. One goose egg would make an omelette he told myself and Sheila.

 This young man was well set up to entertain the crowd.

The weather was clement, the atmosphere good natured  and there was lots of interest in the goods for sale. Long may this age old tradition continue.

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