Down, 12 January –

ram

Michael G. Crawford;

‘It was sometimes called ‘Ram Fair’ on account of a custom that prevailed for a great while of enthroning a great ram, high on the top of old Green Castle’s walls, when he presided over the greatest sheep fair in South Down, where thousands of his bleeting subjects from the surrounding mountains were penned in flocks beneath him, and jolly crows and people at the Fair came to pay homage crying out ‘The King of the Benns’ for ever, and never did the Golden Ram of old receive greater homage from his worshipers, than did the Mourne Ram, from the jolly crowds that came to the Carnival at Greencastle.

The fair at Greencastle was revived by Arthur Bagnal, under patent granted by James the First in 1613, when it was held on 12th January and 12th August.’

Legendary Stories of the Carlingford Lough District. 1913

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One thought on “The Fair at Greencastle

  1. ‘The King of the Benns’ Does “Benns” here refer to the Mourne Mountains ? “Ben “or “Pin” seems to be an old word for mountain in Gaelic speaking areas of Ireland and Scotland. Cornish hills sometimes have the prefix “Pen”, I think.

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