Fair day

Milly writes to her parents from Mullingar that it was "Fair day" yesterday—the day on which cattle were sold in provincial Irish towns. Farmers from the surrounding countryside would drive cattle they wanted to sell to the town. The market day was a festive occasion, often culminating in drinking.

JH 2013

Fair Day in Dungarvan, Country Waterford, ca. 1900. Source: www.census.nationalarchives.ie.

Fair day in New Ross, County Wexford. Source: John F. Finerty, Ireland in Pictures (1898).