Plans to stage a bullfight at the Newmarket Festival in north west County Cork.
Michael Flanagan from Crossmolina County Mayo works as a farm buildings supervisor with the Department of Agriculture by day, but outside of working hours holds the honorary post of Secretary of the Newmarket Festival.
He intends to put on a bullfight in Newmarket next year as part of the summer festival. He is confident that it will have a wide appeal if the success of the rat racing events for the past two years are anything to go by.
A friend of Michael Flanagan is at present in Spain with an Irish veterinary surgeon to inspect bulls with a view to purchasing two of them for the bullfight. The expected bill of £3000-£4000 for two such animals will be met by sponsors and Michael Flanagan says the expense is justified as,
It'll be the first time ever that a bullfight took place outside of Spain.
Objections are expected from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but Michael Flanagan is confident that the bullfight will go ahead. Every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of spectators who can expect a full bill of entertainment on the day,
Along with the bullfight we hope to have some sideshows as well.
This report for 'Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 27 October 1971. The reporter is Frank Hall.