Ballinasloe Horse Fair



True you ride the finest horse I have ever seen Standing sixteen, one or two, with eyes wild and green And you ride the horse so well, hands light to the touch I could never go with you no matter how I wanted to (Christy Moore)


Now this is definitely one festival where you won’t see too many long faces well, maybe except for the ponies and horses. One of Ireland’s oldest fairs, dating back almost two centuries, the horse fair takes place over three days in October. From native Connemara ponies to all manner of horse breeds this is a show for all the family with side shows of all sorts, street stalls, fireworks, tug-o-war, street & vintage parade, arts & crafts, music, the lot.


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Nearby hotels include Galway Bay Hotel, Johnstown House Hotel and Kilronan Castle Estate.