May Fairs in County Galway 1840

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Extract from Connacht Journal Printed and Published in Lower Cross Street (Galway) by Barthw. O’Flaherty, Galway, Ireland, Thursday, May 14, 1840

The Fairs of Athenry, Gort, Tuam and Headford have been held during the present and past week, and have been well attended by purchasers.

Horned Cattle, especially heifers and milch cows fully maintained the prices had at previous Fairs. Pigs still continue in demand, but a great depression in the price of sheep.

Thanks to the moral influence of the Apostle of Temperance, the Very Rev. T. Mathew, sobriety and good order pervades thro’ all classes of societies. Those Fairs, formerly the scenes of contention and sanguinary outrage, where parties assailed each other with the most brutal and murderous intent, (Faction Fights) now happily pass off most tranquilly without the least disturbance or breach of the peace. What a great and exemplary Christian Clergyman effected in the habits and dispositions of the Irish people.

At the fair of Ballinasloe, last week, the farmers of Clare got an advance of 10s a head for their cattle. Mr Cahill, got £14 for his cows; Messrs. Cullinan, £13 15s; Mr Gore, £11; Mr Curtin, £10 to £11, Mr. Powell, £10 10s; Mr. Healy £10.

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Written by Barthw. OFlaherty, Connacht Journal

Published here 02 Feb 2024 and originally published May 1840

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