Ballyforan Fair and Festival returns this weekend!

Pictured at the recent Ballyforan Fair launch at St Aidan’s GAA Clubhouse were (back row, l-r) Miriam Hastings, Ballyforan Fair Treasurer; Jacinta White, Dog Section; Dermot Kelly, Ballyforan Fair President; Oliver Flanagan, Poultry Section; Rita Tansey, PRO; Cllr Emer Kelly, committee member; (front row, l-r) Carmel Hoey, Ballyforan Fair Secretary and Denis Connolly, Chairperson. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Excitement is building in Ballyforan this week, with the annual Fair and Festival taking place this Saturday, September 23rd, and presenting a jam-packed schedule of events that’s sure to have something for everyone.

The 2023 annual fair was launched earlier this month, at an event held in St Aidan’s GAA Club on September 8th. The launch was attended by committee members, local public representatives, fair sponsors, and members of the local community.

Saturday’s event will kick off with the usual favourites of the annual fair – the sheep, horse, and poultry competitions. The morning’s animal competitions will be rounded out with the much-anticipated Dog Show, which has been kindly sponsored by Petmania.

A car boot sale will be running from 10 am to 3 pm, and there will also be a best dressed lady and gentleman competition on the day.

The annual fair also has a lot of activities on offer for younger attendees, with a kids’ tractor run at 12.45 pm (bring your own tractor), kids’ vegetable planting at 11.30 pm, and face-painting throughout the day. There will also be a children’s best dressed farmer competition at 12 pm, as well as photography, art, and baking competitions.

There is sure to be something for everyone at this year’s Ballyforan Fair and Festival, so be sure to come along on Saturday to enjoy a great day out and support the long-standing event, which has been running in the community since 1759.

To find out more and stay updated on the event, find Ballyforan Fair and Festival on Facebook and Instagram, call Dennis on 087 7678120, or email