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This is a shot taken at the Trim haymaking festival in June 2013. Pictured are two of the characters, sharing a joke. On the left, a craftsman making wooden objects such as knife handles, tools and such. On the right is one of the warriors. He was walking around the area with a sword in hand, but had put it down to share a laugh with the craftsman just before I took this shot.

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. This village is where this particular shot was taken.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2469 W: 12 N: 5780] (20105)
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