The Ballyclare May Fair

The Ballyclare May Fair

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Details

Location

Ballyclare

Year

1996

Date

Length

10min 03sec

Audio

sound

Format

colour

Source

Courtesy

Mrs Lindy Reid

Rights Holder

Mrs Lindy Reid

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Description

Video by Archie Reid, showing the Ballyclare May Fair.  Tradition dates back to 1756. Horse trading and hiring of people were big parts of the fair. The film shows the huge changes that have occured througout the fair's history.

Hiring fairs were a common part of rural life in Ireland until the 1920s, they would fade out of existence during the 1940s.  

Notes

Hiring Fairs were a common part of rural life in Ireland until the 1920s, they would survive until the 1940s in Letterkenny and Strabane. 

Workers would be hired out on a fixed term, usually six months. Payment could be poor, and the working conditions depended on the person that they were working for. 

Archie Reid was a History teacher and prolific film maker, you can find several of his gems on the Britain on Film map. This material is courtesy of Elizabeth Reid.  

Credits

Music by Hugo Duncan
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