Success of New Fair at Menlough. (September 1951)

A report on the first fair held in Menlough on September 7th.1951

Gerry Costello

Menlough Fairs Committee were well rewarded for their energetic work in organising a series af fairs in the village by the success of the first fair, which was held on the 7th. The fair was notable for the high quality of sheep and cattle on show. Buyers were loud in their praise of the courtesy and assistance they received from farmers and the people generally. Among the large number of buyers present were several from the Midland counties who value the sound breeding ewes which are produced in Menlough and the surrounding districts.

The fact that there were 2,000 sheep on offer and that all changed hands goes to show the great success of the event. Higher prices were paid for stock at this fair than, at any other fair this season ewe hoggets fetched £8, and second and third crop ewes made £7 10s. White lambs went as high as £5 15s; old ewes, £5 to £6 10s Ram lambs made £7 10s to £9 10s Cattle prices: 2-year-old Hereford £38; cows, £45; yearlings, £24 to 128; weanling calves, £9.

Adequate transport facilities were available, and all arrangements were very satisfactory.

The next fair will be held on October 22nd.



At their meeting on Sunday, the Fairs Committee paid a special tribute to the late Rev. J. Moran, P.P., who first organised the fair. The Committee also congratulated Rev. M. Loftus on his appointment as Parish Priest, and pledged their support to him in whatever projects he may intend to carry out in the future.











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  • In my youth I spent almost a year living in Menlough in 1957 & 1958. My late father was a Garda and was transferred from Cavan to Menlough on a temporary basis in September of 1957. We arrived on Thursday just before the fair and dad thought he had arrived in a busy posting. Within a week he realised that he had come to a a crime free zone and there was not enough work for the men already there. He often said that on his beat on the bicycle he often helped a farmer here and there with saving hay as long as it would not related back to the Sargent. They were beautiful times.

    By Maura Davidson (14/07/2015)

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