Photographer's Note

This is another shot taken at the Trim Haymaking Festival in June 2013.

The event is an annual event dating back almost 50 years, in which people gather together to remember and keep alive the old ways that made the people of Ireland who they are today.

As most Irish people are descended from those whose lives depended on agriculture, this makes up the main part of the event, with traditional haymaking techniques using scythes and horse drawn implements, as well as baling, livestock competitions (think a beauty pageant for bleating goats), tractor exhibitions and much more. There is a fairground, stalls selling homemade and artisan goods, and in the area I took this, a row of people observing and demonstrating some older traditions.

This woman is spinning on an old fashioned (but newly built I suspect) spinning wheel. Of all the people whose permission I asked to take shots, this was one of my favorites as the woman's smile seemed to me to be very genuine and warm. She seemed very happy to allow me to take a shot of her performing her skill.

The little house behind her is a prop, and one of many that are used in the event to recreate an old Irish village.

I spoke with one of the organizers of the event, who told me that many of those who take part in the event every year are older people, and in the past year two people who were important to it had passed away. Its nice to see a younger woman like this take part and help keep these traditions alive.

Thanks for looking!

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