Time goes back 100 years for the day in the village of Belleek, County Fermanagh for the Fiddlestone Festival Fair.
The Fiddlestone Festival Fair features hawkers and people in period costumes, ponies, donkeys and cattle on and traditional Irish music. Fortune tellers, medicine sellers, and animal traders are out on the streets recreating the fair day of times gone by. Even the local pubs are selling bottles of stout at old prices. There are also demonstrations of traditional crafts such as basket weaving, spinning and butter making.
The hustle and bustle of the fair, the trading, and dealing which was a regular occurrence on these streets until 1960. It was all re-enacted as the village of Belleek went back one hundred years for the day.
As the town went back a century, no cars were allowed in as visitors relied on a different form of horsepower to get around.
Local man John Cunningham tells RTÉ News about the origins of the Fiddlestone Festival, which is named after a local musician who was drowned in Lough Erne about two hundred years earlier. The local landlord, whose boat he was on, erected a large stone fiddle in his memory. One of the most famous landmarks in the area
It's a big stone fiddle about the size of a man.
On the edge of the village, an old lime kiln which had not been used for over forty years was fired. After the stones had been heated by coal, water was added producing lime, which was used in all building work prior to the introduction of cement.
The occasion attracted many visitors to the town and may become a regular part of the Fiddlestone Festival.
Sonny Armstrong from Ballyshannon describes the atmosphere of festivals of the past.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 July 1987. The reporter is Michael Fisher.