Spancilhill fair gets underway

Spancilhill fair gets underway


Horses Spancil Hill Fair

The annual Spancilhill Fair got underway this morning with large crowds expected to attend.

Traffic measures have been put in place in the area while Gardaí have asked anyone travelling to the popular event heed safety advice.

Visitors from near and far are expected to make their way to Spancilhill for horse-trading and the entertainment.

Gardaí have asked the public to heed the instructions of officers to ensure everyone’s safety.

History of Spancil Hill Fair:

The first charter for the historic fair was granted by King Charles over 300 years ago.

In the past, the fair lasted for a week or more with people coming from all over the world. In recent times it has evolved into a one day show and fair where the leading horses in the country are presented.

Buyers from all over Europe are still attending and purchasing horses who go on make their name on the international stage in both the showjumping and pony circles.

In 1913 it was recorded that 4,000 horses were present and a feature of that fair was the purchasing of horses as cavalry horses for the British, Belgian and French armies. 1,175 horses were purchased on that day on behalf of the British army by a Mr Robinson. These horses were later transported tied head to tail to Ennis railway station for export.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.