The Glenties Harvest Fair Day / Festival takes place annually on September 12th and dates back hundreds of years with a brief hiatus in the mid 20th Century until the early 1970s. The fair is documented in four of the seven pictures from the Lawrence Photography Collection between 1870 - 1914 (affectionately known as The Lawrence Collection Ireland 1890). To celebrate this ‘130 year harvest’ (1890 - 2020), the four Lawrence Collection Harvest Fair images will be recreated in 2020.
We will work with a photography artist with experience in artistic recreations, providing a workshop to locals interested in honing their artistic photography skills, to be exhibited during the Glenties Harvest Fair Festival and with the potential for a permanent display in the town at a later date. A researcher/historian will also be identified to help research further information on the images and the Harvest Fair and a research project identifying a ‘family tree’ of each house on the Main Street will commence to capture local knowledge before it no longer exists.
The wider community will be asked to search for other images of past Harvest Fair Days and to help research the local knowledge. We have noted in the past (on Glenties Community Action Group Facebook page and on the Glenties Town Facebook page) that older images generate a lot of curiosity and engagement from the community, both locally and within the wider Glenties diaspora.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.