Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 1 Comment

Eileen Battersby reporting for Monday’s Irish Times from the Ballinasloe annual horse fair describes. “The darker side of Ballinasloe is the men and boys who ride terrified, sweating horses bare back all day long on a narrow strip of hard ground. This spectacle was disgusting. Even more offensive was the sight of young horses, including a yearling, harnessed to sulkies, while grown men sat on the seat of these little carriages and lashed the ponies to the screaming jeers of the male onlookers. All attempts by me to stop this were met with foul language and repeated lashes and pokes from their whips. What a beginning to World Animal Week”.
In contrast award winning photographer Bryan O’Brien documented the fair with three images. A young girl resting on the back of her pony, a green rope entwined beside her hair. A head shot of man and horse and the reliable shot of man opening mouth of donkey to display his molars.

One Comment:

  1. Posted November 10, 2005 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Didn’t get a chance to see those photographs but I’ve gathered plenty of information on the Ballinasloe Fair here:
    There are a number of photographs (albeit amateur) here:

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