Courtesy Southern Star, Skibbereen, 1989 Centenary Supplement:
Photo c 1890 Ballabuidhe Horse Fair and Races, 1614 Charter to Randal Óg Hurley of Fair, Re Randal Óg Hurley it is possible that the Protestant Hurley family of nearly Kilmeen are successors. They repeatedly use Randal as a Christian name, farmers, teacher and latterly doctors.
The probability is that the horse fair goes back to the dawn of time.. I don’t think the Annals of the Four Masters were into horse fairs.
Ballabuidhe Horse Fair
1684. John Bourk, Phylomath, Almanac, With Faires and Markets, of Ireland, 10th April Bandon, August Enniskeane, Timoleague. Dunmanway Fairs.
Ballygurteen Fair, Dunmanway
Surrender and Regrant. Patent of James 1 of England, Court of Pie Powder Reserved to Donnell O’Donovan for Fairs, Ascension Thursday and Townlands Listed from Castledonovan to Castlehaven, Caheragh, Glandore, Squince, Brahalish in Durrus. Manor of Castledonovan Power to Hold Court of Leet and Baron, Friday Market at Rahine, Tuesday market at Drimoleague.
Sale of Lordship of Manor of Dunmanway (Town Charter 1693), The Purchaser will be Entitled as Lord of the Manor, To Hold a Court of Pie Powder, To Adjudicate at Disputes Arising From Fairs.
1616. Ancient Bawnlahan, Leap, Fair Day, Ascension Thursday
The Manors of Bantry and the Manor of Altham are granted by Charles II, King of Great Britain and Ireland, 1660-85, Chancery Roll of 6 February 1679 to the Earl of Anglesea.