Aonach Jack fair makes a returns to Meenaleck

Aonach Jack fair makes a returns to Meenaleck

A century-old fair revived in the Rosses seven years ago returns to Meenaleck, Crolly, Saturday, July 16th.

During Aonach Jack, or Jack’s Fair there will also be outdoor music, and you never know what fantastic local musicians might turn up to play in Leo’s Tavern.

Some of the music will include Inis Fail on Saturday night, Moya Brennan with Club Beo on Friday night and the Culloden Ceilidh Band from Inverness on Sunday afternoon followed by Shannigans, topped with surprise guests through the weekend.

Aonach Jack, founded around 1850, was a popular annual event until it ceased some years after World War II. Although the fair has taken place every few years since the 1980s, locals got together to make it an annual event.

Following on the success of the event over the years, which saw hundreds of people flock to Meenaleck every summer for Aonach Jack, dozens of stalls, farm animals and children’s entertainment will once again be on display at the fair, held outside one of the country’s most famous pubs, Leo’s Tavern, home of Clannad and Enya.

The fair focuses on handmade arts and crafts and local produce, and draws crafts from people across the county and farther. 

Crafts include Donegal Pens, knitwear, jewellery, fairy crafts, basket weaving, fortune telling, handmade cards, Celtic design crafts, slate art, and natural health products, as well as homemade breads, cakes, cupcakes, buns, deli and health foods and more.

An event suitable for all the family, there will be children’s entertainment, face-painting, donkey rides, Aonach’s kids talent competition, and farmyard animals to keep little ones entertained.

Aonach Jack takes place from 11am to 5pm.

For kids to enter the Aonach’s talent competition, please call 086 6007725.