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    3,000 Travellers in Borris for Horse fair</font>

    THERE WAS a large Garda presence as streets, houses and businesses
    were sealed off for the start of one of the country's oldest horse
    fairs yesterday.

    More than 3,000 Travellers gathered in the
    village of Borris, Co Carlow, for the annual fair, which is a key date
    in the horse-trading calendar.

    Up to 500 horses were bought and
    sold on a small green directly across from shops and businesses which
    refused to open during the running of the fair.

    Additional
    gardaí were drafted into the village, which has a population of 1,100,
    and high fencing was erected after residents complained of traders
    parking on their property and leaving "mountains of rubbish" behind in
    previous years.

    Many residents were annoyed as stall holders,
    selling everything from power-tools to Elvis posters, moved in early on
    Thursday for the "one-day fair", which they claim often runs into three
    or four days.

    Local Green Party TD Mary White said: "The people
    of Borris agree that the fair should continue, but they want traders to
    stay for one day only and to take their rubbish with them when they go."

    A
    team of 16 county council workers are to begin a €14,000 clean-up
    operation this morning with two trucks, a JCB and a number of
    mechanical street sweepers on stand by.

    Most of the traders
    appeared not to be bothered that all of the pubs in the village and
    some of the shops decided to close their doors for the duration of the
    fair.

    "Sure that's bad business, they'd make a killing if they'd the sense to stay open," said one punter in the horse ring.

    Paddy Connolly, a horse trader who travelled from Kerry, said selling was "steady" yesterday.

    "There's been a good few buyers in from England," he said. "Things are moving well and it's not raining, which is always good."

    Brendan
    Hughes, animal welfare inspector with the Irish Society for the
    Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said he came across a small number of
    animal-health issues during trading.

    "There were a few horses
    which needed treatment to their hooves, but by and large the animals
    are well turned out," Mr Hughes said.

    He had come across five
    instances of dogs being sold which he had had to stop as "it is illegal
    to sell a dog in a public place".

    As trading came to a halt
    yesterday evening, Sgt PJ Whelan of Borris Garda station said the event
    went off peacefully and without incident.

    The fair, which is
    held every year on August 15th, the feast of the Assumption, is
    believed to date back to a 400-year-old charter, granted by Queen
    Elizabeth I.

    © 2008 The Irish Times
    psychoanalysis is wasted on the Irish; Sigmund Freud

    #2
    Is it for a wake or a weddin ya want that baseball bat, Boss? By Jaysus, I'd stay closed too. Padlocked, primed and dangerous.

    That bloody oul wan has a lot to answer for.

    Hello friends in Brussels. Baldy here :_surrender__revampe

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      #3

      Originally posted by treatycity1
      3,000 Travellers in Borris for Horse fair</font>

      THERE WAS a large Garda presence as streets, houses and businesses
      were sealed off for the start of one of the country's oldest horse
      fairs yesterday.

      More than 3,000 Travellers gathered in the
      village of Borris, Co Carlow, for the annual fair, which is a key date
      in the horse-trading calendar.

      Up to 500 horses were bought and
      sold on a small green directly across from shops and businesses which
      refused to open during the running of the fair.

      Additional
      gardaí were drafted into the village, which has a population of 1,100,
      and high fencing was erected after residents complained of traders
      parking on their property and leaving "mountains of rubbish" behind in
      previous years.

      Many residents were annoyed as stall holders,
      selling everything from power-tools to Elvis posters, moved in early on
      Thursday for the "one-day fair", which they claim often runs into three
      or four days.

      Local Green Party TD Mary White said: "The people
      of Borris agree that the fair should continue, but they want traders to
      stay for one day only and to take their rubbish with them when they go."

      A
      team of 16 county council workers are to begin a €14,000 clean-up
      operation this morning with two trucks, a JCB and a number of
      mechanical street sweepers on stand by.

      Most of the traders
      appeared not to be bothered that all of the pubs in the village and
      some of the shops decided to close their doors for the duration of the
      fair.

      "Sure that's bad business, they'd make a killing if they'd the sense to stay open," said one punter in the horse ring.

      Paddy Connolly, a horse trader who travelled from Kerry, said selling was "steady" yesterday.

      "There's been a good few buyers in from England," he said. "Things are moving well and it's not raining, </span>which is always good."

      Brendan
      Hughes, animal welfare inspector with the Irish Society for the
      Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said he came across a small number of
      animal-health issues during trading.

      "There were a few horses
      which needed treatment to their hooves, but by and large the animals
      are well turned out," Mr Hughes said.

      He had come across five
      instances of dogs being sold which he had had to stop as "it is illegal
      to sell a dog in a public place".

      As trading came to a halt
      yesterday evening, Sgt PJ Whelan of Borris Garda station said the event
      went off peacefully and without incident.

      The fair, which is
      held every year on August 15th, the feast of the Assumption, is
      believed to date back to a 400-year-old charter, granted by Queen
      Elizabeth I.

      © 2008 The Irish Times
      'It's not raining'

      The ultimate accolade for any Irish outdoor event.

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        #4


        where do they get the money to buy these horseys?

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          #5


          Rogue trader jobs!


          There was talk on this fair on the last word during the week....owners ofa hotel said that situations would beyond their control and decided like many others to close their businesses
          Stand up and fight

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            #6
            its like the 12th of july up north. next year we should all move across the water and let the tinkers go wild for the month of august.

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              #7
              Should the fair organizers not have paid for setting up there and of course their rent should cover the cost of the clean up.

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                #8

                Originally posted by bosh12

                where do they get the money to buy these horseys?
                F**k the horses! What about all those new Mitsy L200's you see cruising around?

                The only business that stays open in Borris is the chipper. By all accounts your one who owns it would eat you without salt hrself and all the tinkers are afraid of her!
                The trick is getting to the second set of horses.

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                  #9
                  the cars drive me f*cking mad aswell, as a PAYE worker, every month i see PRSI debit, and i think 'another MITSY for the pikies'

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                    #10
                    Primetime special on now.
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                      #11
                      Subtitles![img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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                        #12
                        Some boxing match there. [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]
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                          #13
                          "...We're all painted with the one brush..."

                          How many time has this been said on the programme. The bizarre thing
                          is that they all appear to be inter-related and at the same time are
                          prepared to kill one another.

                          Utter madness.
                          If your religion is worth killing for, please start with yourself.

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                            #14
                            I have a french fella staying with me, and he asked me what language they were speaking.

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                              #15





                              It's discrimination Kermit, that young one berating Baby Biffo said so.


                              A Saffer wedding planner called Otto![img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
                              \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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