Photographer's Note

This is (yet another) shot taken at the Trim Haymaking festival in the town of Trim, Co Meath in June 2013.

The festival is an annual event in the town which has been going since the 1960's. The idea of it is to look back at the traditions of Ireland, and what makes the Irish people who they are today. As Ireland has such a strong connection to agriculture with many people either working in, or being only one or two generations removed from the land, farming plays a big part in the event.

Events over the weekend involve haymaking in traditional manners, manually and with horse drawn equipment as well as displays of old farm machinery, goat shows, donkey races, barn dancing, singing and poetry. There is a traditional gypsy village where you can see people in old day dress engage in tin making, blacksmithing, candle making, forging of weapons and much more.

While most of my previous shots that I've uploaded of this festival have been of people in traditional dress specifically for the event, this particular man is not dressed for it, but wearing his everyday clothes. It was taken at the row of cottages where there were products for sale; bread, jam, eggs and more. He was browsing the goods when I began speaking to him and asked if he would mind me taking his picture. He kindly agreed but I think he was somewhat bemused by my request!

This is the kind of older Irish farmer that can be found all across the country on any given day, the cloths and hat are typical of what I see almost every day on my journey to and from work in Dublin. The younger generation of course dress totally differently, and this style is fading away now, so I was pleased that he allowed me to take this, especially with such a quintessentially Irish background.

The cottages behind are set up for the event, and are small little wooden structures on wheels, allowing them to be towed by a truck or jeep. They tend to appear all over the country at various different folk festivals.

Thanks for looking.

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