There is clear documentary evidence that there have been bigger horse fairs in Castleisland than today’s.
However, that captured proof is very old and today’s event went well beyond anything seen here in recent years in terms of crowds.
Kerry County Council staff members had the trees and street planters covered for the past few days and they were out this evening clearing up.
The stall holders had been setting up in various designated areas of the town since dusk on Tuesday evening.
A dehorned, mechanical bull with its well cushioned surroundings was set up and trading at Lower Main Street and that’s a first for this ancient fair.
Briskly and Early
Though the morning started briskly and early there was no evidence of a fall off coming up to 1pm or so and the fine weather brought more people into town as the afternoon wore on.
Pubs had music planned and did a solid trade all day. As did anywhere food was sold.
Everything to do with horses could be bought here today and the success of the event just goes to show what a great country this is when the weather works in our favour.
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