Fairs were long established in Kilmihil, the last Fair was held in the 1970s

The following description of Kilmihil given in Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary of Ireland in 1837 mentions the Fair Days

Kilmihil or Kilmichael, a parish in the Barony of Cloderalaw, County of Clare and Province of Munster, 8 miles from Kildysert, on the road from Kilrush to Ennis, containing 3,794 inhabitants of which number 79 are in the hamlet. It comprises 8089 statute acres about two thirds of which consist of arable land of medium quality and the remainder of mountain pasture. There is also a considerable portion of waste and bog. Fairs are held in Kilmihil on May 19th, July 18th and September 29th and a court for the Manor of Crovreahan is occasionally held in Kilmihil by the seneschal in which small debts are recoverable. The parish is in the diocese of Killaloe, the rectory is impropriate in the representatives of Lord Castlecoote and John Scott Esq. and the vicarage forms part of the union of Kilfarboy. The tithes amount to £192 of which £62-15s-41/2d is payable to John Scott Esq. and the remainder to the Vicar. In the Roman Catholic divisions it is the head of a union or district which also comprises the parish of Kilmacduane. About 120 children are educated in two private schools. The ruins of the old church still remain in the burial ground.

Forgotten Ireland have a short film on Facebook said to have been taken at the last Kilmihil Fair in 1970s, well worth watching to see the shops and street, make sure to have the sound on. The song is, appropriately enough "Beidh Aonach Amarach i gContae an Chláir" (There'll be a fair in Clare tomorrow). Unfortunately the FB format is not supported here so please use the link: https://www.facebook.com/878540765638275/videos/893472497478435/

 Kilmihil Fair Day 1970s

Still from film, Daly's arched windows can be seen in the background

 

In this recording of Paddy McCarthy he recalls the Fair Days in Kilmihil from when he was a boy - courtesy of Cuimhneamh an Chláir/Clare Oral History and Folklore Group.

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