Trading at the week-long annual horse fair is underway in Ballinasloe in County Galway.

In spite of the cold weather, horse trading is in full swing at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair in County Galway. The haggling remains unchanged from when the fair first began in the early 1700s. 

During the week of the fair, the population of Ballinasloe jumps from 6,000 to 25,000, so it is no surprise to learn the town's name in Irish Béal Átha na Sluaighe translates to the ford of the crowds.

The prices fetched will depend on the type of horse for sale.  

The majority of them are half-breeds, three-quarter-breeds, the making of show jumpers.

While there are farm horses for sale, they are on the decline.

One man has brought his distinctive Appaloosa horse to the fair which is creating quite a stir. He believes a foal from this breed would fetch £1,000 and is confident his own horse is worth far more. The horse neighs in agreement.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 October 1972. The reporter is David Timlin.