Don’t miss the Lammas Fair, says Laura

Laura McCaughan from Ballycastle looking forward to the Lammas Fair. Picture by Steven McAuley, McAuley Multimedia. INBM35-15S

Laura McCaughan from Ballycastle looking forward to the Lammas Fair. Picture by Steven McAuley, McAuley Multimedia. INBM35-15S

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Laura McCaughan from Ballycastle, a tourism undergraduate at the John Hope University Liverpool, samples some dulse and Yellow Man in her home town as she gets ready for the Oul Lammas Fair.

Celebrated on the last Monday and Tuesday in August, the fair marks the end of summer and beginning of harvest.

The origins of the fair are embroiled in the myths and legends of Ireland, although the tradition such festivals can be found in many cultures throughout the world.

The Lammas Fair traditionally attracts thousands of people from around the world and features more than 400 stalls of craft, bric-a-brac and farm produce.

Local specialities include ‘Yellow Man’, a sweet honeycomb candy, and a red seaweed known as ‘dulse’. Street entertainment, including face-painting and pony rides, lends a carnival atmosphere, while traditional music sessions in the pubs cater to a different clientele.

PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA