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‘Fair’well until next year

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BT Coleraine

Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has said it is just a ‘Fair’ well for one year and that the Lammas Fair will return again next year.

Speaking after the decision to cancel all Council events this summer, Cllr Cara McShane said:

“The Lammas Fair is the oldest Fair in Ireland and like many events, has not escaped the consequences of the health pandemic which has swept the globe.

“Hundreds of thousands of people travel from all around the world and the length and breadth of Ireland, to attend the Lammas Fair on the last Monday and Tuesday in August. Local people often travel thousands of miles to be back at home with family and friends, just to be here for ‘the Fair.’

“You would often hear people from this part of the world when talking about time, just refer to it as ‘so many Lammas Fairs ago’ rather than by calendar years. It really is an institution for all of us in this area of North Antrim.

“2020 will go down in history for many reasons, but it should be etched in peoples’ memories for the year we took responsibility for our own health and to protect the lives of so many others.

“We are so privileged to live in this beautiful part of Ireland during the lockdown and we have no doubt the Lammas Fair will return again in 2021 where we can enjoy some of the traditional delicacies of dulse and yellowman, or possibly a refreshment in one of the local establishments.

“Often quoted during these times, but very appropriate by Seamus Heaney, ‘If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.'”

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