Statement: Ballinasloe Fair 2019
Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:30:00 BST
The annual Ballinasloe Fair will commence on Sunday 29th September 2019.
The Fair Green in Ballinasloe will be tightly populated with horses and people from 7.00am on Sunday, 29th September, Monday 30th September and Saturday 5th October 2019 for the Annual Horse Fair.
This unique event is expected once again to draw huge crowds and the public are reminded to prepare for muddy and uneven conditions underfoot and to expect an increased volume of traffic.
For the safe enjoyment of the Fair, Galway County Council would like to remind the public to exercise caution around animals, obey signage and follow the direction of officials, stewards and An Garda Síochána at all times.
The responsible handling of all animals will be expected at all times from horse owners and all those handling, loading or unloading horses and animals. While the majority of those present may have the knowledge and experience to handle and react to horses, Galway County Council would like to remind the public that it is essential at all times, to consider the potential hazards from the height, potential speed and general movement of horses and ponies.
The Festival Programme held over Fair Week and the Equine Events taking place in the Lunging Arena on the Fairgreen, are organised by Ballinasloe Fair & Festival Committee. Galway County Council facilitates these events and engages an Event Controller to prepare and implement an Event (Safety) Management Plan and liaise with stakeholders.
Other stakeholders include the Ballinasloe Show Society who allow parking and other activities take place on their private Showgrounds.
ISPCA Inspectors will be present on 29th and 30th September and on the 5th October to deal with animal welfare issues that may arise and will be based at the entrance to the Showgrounds. ISPCA Inspectors and members of An Garda Síochána are authorised officers under the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013.
Any welfare issues identified during the event should be reported immediately to the ISPCA or the Gardaí.
A private veterinary practitioner will also be present to provide veterinary advice as required. It should be noted that the owner of an animal, or a person in charge of an animal, has a responsibility to ensure the animal’s health and well-being.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has overall responsibility for animal health and welfare and can be contacted at 01 6072379 or 0761 064 408
For information on traffic diversions, see www.galway.ie/en/services/roads/temporaryroadclosures/
and for broader festival events keep up to date on www.ballinasloeoctoberfair.com.