PICTURES | ‘Hoofing’ around and enjoying the sun at the annual Lanesboro Horse Fair

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The annual Lanesboro Horse Fair took place on Saturday May 11, with people coming from all over the country to attend.

Blessed with glorious sunshine, organisers say this year’s instalment was better than ever. The Horse Fair, which dates back as far as 1615, has been described as a fantastic addition to the town and organisers hope to continue the fair for many more years to come.

“It went great. There was a huge crowd and we had a huge amount of horses on the day. It was as big as it ever was and the sun shone. It turned out to be a fantastic day,” Cllr Gerard Farrell said.

Due to issues with insurance, the dog show did not take place this year, though organisers intend to bring the show back for next year's event.

An award was given on the day to the Best Horse of the Fair and this went to Rathcline resident and one of the organisers, Tom Rooney.

Cllr Farrell said the success of the fair is down to the dedication of the committee involved and thanked local businesses, sponsors, Longford County Council, the Order of Malta, local Garda Síochána and everyone involved for their continuous support.

“Hopefully it will keep going long into the future and put Lanesboro back on the map,” he concluded.

PICTURES: MICHELLE GHEE