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!! Ballina Chronicle; Oct 10, 1849 "Ballinasloe Fair"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, Oct 10, 1849 BALLINASLOE FAIR [Galway] The quantity of sheep which usually poured in from Roscommon and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 7, 2003
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, Oct 10, 1849

      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
      two guineas.
      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
      Ireland Old News
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