Rekindling the old days in Kenagh village

Caida Cadden on her Buggy at the Haymaking Festival in Kenagh(photo Declan Gilmore)
Despite the rain, the agricultural festival in Kenagh at the weekend was well attended, with many traditional skils used to till the land rekindled.

Despite the rain, the agricultural festival in Kenagh at the weekend was well attended, with many traditional skils used to till the land rekindled.

In fact crowds gathered from all over Ireland, England and the US to join with the Midland Draught Horse Society to celebrate its Carriage Run and Haymaking Day in the picturesque south Longford village on Saturday and Sunday last.

The event began on Saturday with a very unique horse and carriage run which saw participants travel all the way to the County Longford Show and Country Fair in Moydow. On Sunday, the haymaking day got underway and despite the heavy downpours, onlookers and participants enjoyed the event immensely.

“I suppose we got washed out of a bit to say the least,” organiser Eamon Egan told the Leader on Monday. “Nonetheless a great time was had by all and there was some fierce competition as well.”

This is the second year that the festival has taken place in Kenagh and it has gone from strength to strength since its inception.

“There was a big team of horses and that was great to see,” Mr Egan continued. “There were people from Scotland, Wales, England, the US and the Aran Islands, and there was plenty of chatter, mingling and bartering going on. I’d say there was a lot more people from across Ireland at this year’s event and that is a very positive thing to see. We are trying to bring up the profile of the draught horses at the moment - they had a very important role in the agricultural side of things in this country for a long time, and it would be great to ensure that the respect and love for them is not forgotten,” concluded Mr Egan.