All the fun of the fair as this centuries-old event delights
It takes more than a little rain to dampen the spirits of those attending the Auld Lammas Fair. After all, it has been on the go for more than 400 years and some of the traditions have barely changed since then. Horse-dealing is still something of a spectacle as vendor and buyer try to outwit each other before sales are confirmed by a handshake.
The yellow man and dulse stalls still draw the crowds, and many people simply see the fair days as a chance to catch up with old friends in Ballycastle. The fair is a bonus for the hospitality industry in the town, and a great annual marketing tool. It is an event of simple pleasures that somehow keeps its appeal in a cynical world.