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Day Out at the Fair!

Posted: 2011-10-07 16:00:00 As planned I headed over to the Carlton Shearwater Hotel last Sunday to check out this year’s October Horse Fair. Huge crowds of over 60,000 people attended the opening day of the fair, plus they had visits from two of the presidential candidates, Mary Davis and David Norris. The fair was officially opened by this year’s guest of honour, Niall Quinn, who was driven through the streets of Ballinasloe in a horse drawn carriage with the Queen of the Fair, Cathriona Farrell. I was lucky enough to meet Niall Quinn while I was there and it was great to get the chance to talk to him. I also took some time to chat to Martin Daly, the general manager at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, and I had to commend him on his choice of fair queen as Cathriona was a natural and did a great job representing the town. During my visit I called into the hotel for a bite to eat and it’s great to see they’re well prepared for the thousands of people that will pass through the hotel over the next week.

Of course the sporting news this week has been all about the Rugby World Cup following Ireland’s victory over Italy on Sunday morning. They played a great match and managed to beat Italy by an amazing 36 points to 6 and qualified for the Quarter Finals. The focus is definitely on the Irish team this weekend as they take on Wales on Saturday morning. Although it will be a tough match, they have the support of the whole country and we’re hoping they’ll win and qualify for the Semi Finals. It will be great for the team and their supporters if they manage to get through.

After an early start on Saturday and hopefully a day celebrating I’ll be taking it easy on Sunday but enjoy whatever you get up to this weekend!


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