Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hiring Fair Statue, Letterkenny

The Hiring Fair. Until the middle of the 20th century, it was not unusual for children as young as ten to hire themselves out to farmers for the season. This statute is in Letterkenny, county Donegal and from here the labourers went as far away as Scotland. There were hiring fairs all over the country, even in Dublin. In Irish these labourers  were often referred to as the spailpín fánach.

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