School: Behey (roll number 8222)

Behy, Co. Donegal
Meadhbh, Bean Uí Dhochartaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1029, Page 89

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1029, Page 89

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  3. XML “The Local Fairs”

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  1. The locals fair is held in the town of Ballyshannon on the second day of each month.
    Very often buyers arrive at the farm-houses and buy there and then and a custom much in use in former times was to be outside the town a considerable distance to meet the cattle coming in and strike a bargain before arriving at the Fair Green at all. This custom is now discontinued. Although there is a Fair Green in Ballyshannon the buying and selling are not confined to it but take place in one of the streets known as The Back St. Complaints have been made by the tenants of this Street but nothing has come out of it. The Fair Green has not been properly looked after and in wet weather the water rises to a considerable depth and is unfit for use. No toll is paid on cattle sold. When an animal is sold money is always given back This is called “Luck’s Penny ” and varies according to the value of the animal. Five shillings Luck’s Penny out of £10 or so. 2/6 when it is a matter of £5 or so.
    When a bargain is being made there is always a third person present to further the sale.
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trade
          1. buying and selling (~3,622)