Horse Fair

A horse fair is held on the first day of the Puck Fair - the oldest of Ireland’s street festivals, and one of the most unusual. It runs annually for three days beginning on the 10th of August in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. It is a sort of organised chaos and it is hard to see a pattern in it. However the people involved know exactly what’s going on. Deals are done the old way with hands shaken to seal the bargain. It is like a little glimpse into the past as nowadays few animals are sold this way in Ireland.

The fair attracts Irish Travellers - an indigenous minority who have been part of Irish society for centuries. While men are busy selling, buying, and riding horses, women dress their best clothes and go to the town where street performers, buskers, stalls with food and crafts, fairground amusements, are just some of the attractions.