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Irish Bodhrans

Lammas Fair Ballycastle - 2013

 This year our annual Lammas Fair will be held on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August 2013 (always held on the Last Monday and Tuesday in August).  Visit Paul McAuley Bodhrán stall, Ann Street,  just opposite the Northern Bank - where some of his bodhráns will be on display.  Due to the fact that most of our bodhrans are made to order, there will be only a small selection on display, but please feel free to come and discuss your  requirements with Paul, who will be on hand to give expert advice. We are expecting the usual thousands of visitors and stalls will be set up all around the town.  Well worth a visit - especially down and around the sea-front area where there will be a market and marque - similar to St George's Market, in Belfast - all traditional crafts and home made produce and if the weather is wet then what a great place to spend a bit of time brousing in comfort!!!!. 

    At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle long

I met a pretty colleen who set me heart a-glow

She was smiling at her daddy buying lambs from Paddy Roe

At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle-O!

Sure I seen her home that night

When the moon was shining bright

From the ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle-O!


At the ould Lammas Fair
boys were you ever there

Were you ever at the Fair In Ballycastle-O?

Did you treat your Mary Ann

To some Dulse and Yellow Man

At the ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle-O!

In Flander's fields afar
while resting from the War

We drank Bon Sante to the Flemish lassies O!

But the scene that haunts my memory is kissing Mary Ann

Her pouting lips all sticky from eating Yellow Man

As we passed the silver Margy and we strolled along the strand

From the ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle-O!

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There's a neat little
cabin on the slopes of fair Knocklayde

It's lit by love and sunshine where the heather honey's made

With the bees ever humming and the children's joyous call

Resounds across the valley as the shadows fall

Sure I take my fiddle down and my Mary smiling there

Brings back a happy mem'ry of the Lammas Fair

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