The Ould Lammas Fair: Ballycastle
By Margaret Bell, 48 Pages, Paperback booklet
The great folk song of 'The Ould Lammas Fair of Ballycastle O' is a celebration of one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Ireland with the power to draw visitors from far and wide. It is full of history; its roots going back to the ancient festival of Lunasa in times when gods of light and fertility were celebrated. This booklet, an updated publication of the original written in the 1966 with a new introduction, retraces much of what is known and some of what can only be guessed at about the origin and development of this truly traditional event.