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Pictured here is another scene taken at the Trim Haymaking Festival in summer 2013. Held in the historic town of Trim, Co Meath the festival celebrates everything it is that makes Irish people what they are today.

With most people in Ireland being no more than a couple of generations separated from the land, it celebrates old farming techniques, scythe work, harvesting, haymaking and much more. Other old world events include donkey races, traditional dancing, music and poetry. It also showcases ancient skills such as weapon making, candle making and metalwork.

This particular scene was taken at the goat contest. The competitors line up with their prize goats and are judged by a panel of experts. While I have no idea what the criteria for a great goat actually is, I have a suspicion it could be the one that makes the most annoying noise.

As I took this, the goat pictured was in mid BLEEEHHHHHH at incredible volume. This fine specimen went on to win the first prize. The woman looks very proud, almost as if she knew she had the winner in her midst.

Thanks for looking.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2707 W: 15 N: 6487] (22751)
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