The Smithfield Horse Fair is a monthly horse fair held in Dublin. It is held in the Smithfield district, in the main square of the district (next to Smithfield Plaza). The concept of this fair is simple: to get together around the passion for horses, and to buy and sell large breed horses on the spot.
This fair has the merit of being funny: while Smithfield is a district in full modernization and urbanization, the latter welcomes every 1st Sunday of the month an impressive fair, which can gather up to fifty horses! The event allows you to get in touch with breeders from the Dublin region, to discover the largest breeds of Irish horses (including the famous Connemara horse, or the irish cob), and to buy them at a good price if you wish.
Here, all types of horses can be crossed: whether they are draught horses or horses trained for horse racing (which the Irish are more than fond of!), you will be spoilt for choice!
Generally speaking, the fair is rather nice and friendly: the atmosphere is good, provided you love horses and riding, and don’t be too bothered by the smell of dung!
It must be said that the fair reminds the Dubliners of their closeness to the Irish countryside, as well as their rural past. A great way to bring together urbanism and rurality in one place!
Admission is free, and should delight enthusiasts!
every 1st Sunday of the month