Collection: The Wiltshire Photographic Collection >> Women and children preparing for Cahirmee Horse Fair, Buttevant,...
Women and children preparing for Cahirmee Horse Fair, Buttevant, Co. Cork
|Main Creator:||Wiltshire, Elinor, 1918-2017|
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Negative shows dot on woman's hair in foreground
Photographer's note: Travellers preparing for Cahirmee fair
Research by our Flickr community narrowed the date of this photograph from some time in 1954, to July 1954, based on the date of Cahirmee Horse Fair. This Fair still takes place on 12 July every year.
Featured in the National Library of Ireland's "Photo Detectives" exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, Dublin, from 13 September 2017.
Following the launch of "Photo Detectives", Maeve Burke identified the young woman in the foreground of this photo as "... my Nanna Elizabeth "Lizzie" Furey Hanafin (niece of the late, great Ted Furey). This was taken when she was 17 and only 2 years before she got married to my Granda who cannot believe how popular this picture has become and how famous his Lizzie is! She passed away 4 years ago but I can tell you she would've loved making the front page of The Irish Times today nevermind being in an exhibition in Dublin! She'd have every copy in the country bought & be up at the exhibition herself! She was a great storyteller, a tough-cookie and well known and respected in Kerry. Her and my Granda bought a chipvan and went all over Ireland to festivals and fairs making friends wherever they went. She told me and my sister lots of stories about when she was travelling with her mother Dolly Furey, who would play the accordion for money and all the hardships they faced, especially during the cold winters in the wagon. We're lucky too that she taught my mother and us the Gammon (which would've been her first language) and passed on many great traveller traditions and crafts like crocheting, sewing, singing, lilting and storytelling. She really was an amazing woman and this is a picture our family will treasure forever".
Additional information about this photograph is available on the National Library of Ireland's Flickr Commons photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6136023633
Physical description: 1 photographic negative film 6 x 6 cm.
Physical description: 1 photographic print on card 15.5 x 15.5 cm.
|Contained in:||The Wiltshire Photographic Collection|