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The October Fair in days gone by ...

The Ballinasloe Fair: over the 5' 6''wall in grand style
An engraving depicting a scene from the October Fair, published in "The Graphic", February 19, 1887. This stone wall jumping competition was mentioned in a number of reports from the period.
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History Lecture on Michael Davitt  11/12/06  -  11/12/06   
Ballinasloe Library
Bernard O'Hara, Registrar of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, will give a lecture on Michael Davitt. His talk has been organised by the Uí Mháine Historical Society.
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Genealogy

Tracing your Ballinasloe ancestors
Damian Mac Con Uladh
Ballinasloe.org's guide to tracing your Ballinasloe ancestors – some genealogical tips!

Places

Ballinasloe in 1841
Transcribed and submitted by Damian Mac Con Uladh
A town "with the air of business and an appearance of prosperous industry which I had not observed since I left Cork" and the "centre of the inland trade and commerce of Ireland" is how two English travellers described Ballinasloe in the early 1840s.

Events

Clancarty's sectarianism in the 1820s
Damian Mac Con Uladh
The October Fair was not just an agricultural event; as it represented a massive gathering of the rich, powerful, and not so prominent, it was the scene of major political meetings, especially before the arrival of mass transportation. These articles, taken from 1826 and 1828, report on the sectarian activities of Lord Clancarty and the attempts by the restless Catholic gentry and emerging middle class to counter them.

People

Matthew Harris commemoration 1984
Damian Mac Con Uladh
In 1984, Creagh Community Council and Tadhg Mac Lochlainn organised a commemoration at the grave of Matthew Harris in Creagh Cemetary. In addendance was Ulick O'Connor, a great-great grandson of Harris.

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