Thousands arrive for Borris Fair in Carlow but numbers expected to be down on previous years

The heavy rain forecasted too is likely to impact on numbers

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


Crowds gather for Borris Fair

Borris Viaduct overlooking today's fair in the Carlow town

The Borris Fair is underway in the village with up to 7,000 people expected to descend on the village across the day. 

Councillor Willie Quinn said: "I was in there last night (Tuesday) and there was a good stir around. The stalls only came in around 5.30pm. It's cut down to a one day fair now. It used to be a three day event but people were stuck in their homes for days.

"The stall holders will be gone by 5pm today. The Council staff will move in at 6am tomorrow (Thursday) morning and the town will be back to normal. There are tight controls on the fair."

He added: "As regards the travelling community, it's a festival for matchmaking and stuff for them as well. But the numbers have been down over the last year. It's gone from 10,000 on the day to maybe around 7,000. 

"The local GAA Club and Borris Tidy Towns are providing car parking." 

Garda checkpoints have been set up at Factory Cross, Kelly’s Corner and Kavanagh’s Corner on the approach to the town with large vehicles being diverted away while there’s a detour for lighter traffic.