!! Ballina Chronicle; Oct 10, 1849 "Ballinasloe Fair"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, Oct 10, 1849
BALLINASLOE FAIR [Galway]
The quantity of sheep which usually poured in from Roscommon and Mayo is
greatly limited this year-in fact, with the exception of Mr. Robert Fair's lots,
not 100 came from Mayo. This may be a sign of the times. The demand was brisk
when selling commenced, the lots rapidly changed hands, and at figures though
somewhat under last year's prices, yet, on the whole, considering the state of
the country, not below par. The demand to-day (Thursday) was not for the
heaviest description of wedders and this may be a token that some of the long
headed men intend to lean quietly on their oars for a while, as the turnip crop
and the meadows, perhaps never before returned a larger produce. . They have not
measured the fat, but they are dependant on their own skill for the ensuing
markets. This is a new one in market statistics. There are a great many dropped
heads who calculated on this fair to right their bank account; but many of them
have already found that "navigation" will not always be a sure chart-amongst
land lubbers especially. The bill trade is gone, those who heretofore on a name
claimed the bank's countenance, may now turn the "other cheek," but if the hard
metal is not present will get slapped. Nothing will now do but the ready down,
and this in itself may give a turn to business-a healthy one, no doubt, but the
beetle when money gives the colour, should not be discarded.
The chief demand was for breeding ewes, which are now sought to supply the
garden plots, and homesteads (where they were) of the evicted. The average
figures for ewes was, 32s. 6d. to 34s.; but some lots were as high as 40s. to
Mr. Persse, of Moyode Castle, sold a lot of barren ewes, 400 at 34s.; he
had no less than 1800 on the green. His top lot of wedders were sold to Mr.
Alexander Graydon, at 50s. His second lot, to the same gentleman, was 46s. 6d.;
and his third lot changed hands at 39s. 6d. the highest prices obtained for
to-day. The demand for wedders was very trifling.
Mr. R. Taffe top lot wedders 47s. 6d. Mr. Balfe's 49s. Mr. Walter
M'Donough's wedders 38s. 40s. may be reckoned as the average of the fair.
Mr. John Ryan, Kilnahonn, for a lot of 200 ewes got 40s. 6d. Mr. W.
M'Donough top lot, two-year-old wethers, 32s. To-morrow does not promise to be
better, and you will find that, unless in a very particular lot, the prices will
not be higher. The late fairs of Moate and Trim were both slack, but people
always expect wonders to turn up at Ballinasloe.
The return has not yet come; but the sheep are so late in coming
out-another bad sign- that I fear we will not get the return this evening. I
have kept this letter open till the latest moment.-- Saunders.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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