The Hiring Fairs in Ireland DVD
The video The Hiring Fairs tells the story of the men, women and children who were hired out as farm servants. Wealthier farmers found their farm hands for the next few months at these hiring fairs and children as young as 7 years old were hired at these fairs.
This dvd "The hiring fairs in Ireland" Based on the memories of Sam King, Maggie Faulkner and Jim McAuley who attended such hiring fairs in Ireland were hired themselves during the 1920's and 30's. This history dvd traces the fortunes of 16 year old Mary Mullan and her brother Jimmy who was 8 years old. Mary and Jimmy were hired for six months to a rich farmer from Co. Antrim.
A reenactment of such hiring fairs is shown in this dvd showing the farmers inspecting the children to see who would come to work at their farm.
Tragic stories are recalled of how the parents of the hired children felt having to "hire" their loved ones to pay the rent. Nostalgia, heartbreak and laughter is combined in this dvd of the hiring fairs which shows a tragic piece of Irish history.