Thousands enjoy the Auld Lammas Fair

Published Tuesday, 26 August 2014
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Thousands of people from all over Northern Ireland have enjoyed two days of festivities for the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Thousands enjoy the Auld Lammas Fair
Crowds flocked to Ballycastle for the Auld Lammas Fair. (© Presseye)

The north coast town's yearly event began on Monday as crowds arrived to celebrate one of Ireland's oldest market fairs.

Over the two days, the streets of Ballycastle were lined with over 400 stalls which sold local produce, arts & crafts, bric-a-brac, and the popular specialities of 'dulse' and 'yellow man'.

People were also entertained by busking musicians as well as a host of family friendly activities, including pony rides and face painting.

The Auld Lammas Fair has been held in Ballycastle since the 17th Century.

It takes place on the last Monday and Tuesday of August and traditionally marks the end of the summer and beginning of the harvest.

Its exact origin is uncertain, but one theory is that it began as a result of the occupation of the area around Ballycastle by the MacDonnell's of the Isles in the early part of the 16th century.

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