Keeping tradition alive at Lanesboro Horse Fair

Keeping tradition alive at Lanesboro Horse Fair

The Lanesboro Traditional Horse Fair is taking place on Saturday, April 1  and since it’s revival back in 1999 the annual event has gone from strength to strength. 

Much of that success rests  with the people of Lanesboro who have put their shoulder to the wheel in the intervening years and placed  the Lanesboro Horse Fair on the  map.  

 “It is a unique event in Co Longford and celebrates Irish rural traditions dating back to 1615 when we suspect that the first Fair was held in the town,” Brigid Mullooly told the Leader.

“It is one of Ireland’s oldest Fairs and takes place at a new venue this year in a scenic location on the banks of the Shannon at Gill’s field.”

The traditional Horse Fair in Lanesboro has always been a celebration of everything that is  good about rural Longford life. 

“It brings back local people who have moved away to other parts of the country for this exceptional event,” continues Brigid who hails from the locality herself. 

“This year’s Fair will be no different and the top award is going to the Best Horse of the Fair.

“This award is kindly sponsored by Leavy Memorials and the event itself will be a fun-filled  family day out with amusements and sideshows for the children.”

No Fair would be complete without a dog show and this particular feature is an integral part of the traditional Horse Fair in Lanesboro. 

The annual dog show will take place on the Fair field at 12.30pm and there will be 18 different classes. 

The entry fee for each class is €3 or €10 for four classes.

The dog show will be sponsored by John Grennan & Sons, Rath, Birr, Co Offaly.

Meanwhile, it is thanks to all the sponsors that the Fair is in a position to proceed with each passing  year. 

“This,” adds Brigid, “Is very much appreciated and we thank everyone for all their support”.  

To book stalls at the Lanesboro Horse Fair 2017 please contact Basil Mitchell on (087) 688 9056 and for further details, phone Gerald Farrell on (086) 874 5180.

All Fair horse boxes must strictly park in the public local authority car park behind St Mary’s Hall or at the Quarry, and attendees on the day are asked to conform to stewards instructions.