Borris Fair


On the fifteenth day of August, as everyone is there
They come from miles around to the Borris Fair
There’s all kinds of tinkers, dealers and conmen
And even three card tricks, a game that’s hard to win

It’s there you’ll see the faces of the friends from long ago
Some of them have changed so much, begor you’d hardly know
Ah, when you started talking, the memories, they come back
Of great fairs now in Borris, the dealing and the crack

The imigrants, they come home from far across the sea
Ah, Borris on the fifteenth, that’s the place to be
A great day for the children, ice cream and the like
Me Daddy used to bring me on the bar of the bike

If your looking for a jackass, a puckán or a pony
The tinker man, he has them all if you have the money
CD, tapes and videos and loads of bricker-brack
Your sure to get a good deal if you have the dealing knack


Written by Richie Kavanagh

Borris is a small town (population c1200) in south County Carlow. The MacMurrough Kavanagh dynasty (former Kings of Leinster) still live at Borris House which is open for historic tours, weddings and selected cultural events. The traditional Borris Fair takes place annually in the town center on 15th August.

Borris House

Borris House


Borris viaduct

Borris viaduct