Photographer's Note

This is a shot taken at this years Trim Haymaking festival held in the town on June 14th 2014.

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. This year the traditional gypsy village was replaced with Old Dans Farm, so all manner of farm animals were on display, as well as examples of really old farm machinery and old ways of working and cooking.

The reason for the name of this shot is that this is a lady of whom I have posted a shot before, which I took at last years festival. She is one of the people involved in organizing the event, and she always seems to have a very warm smile. The pic from last years festival of the same lady can be seen Here

The caravan behind her is a traditional caravan used by the travelling community in Ireland. Although most of these people have now changed to newer style caravans with modern luxuries, you can still occasionally see one of these older styles on the roads of the country or more likely at fairs like these.

Thanks for looking!

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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