Every January for the last ten years, a traditional festival called Tradfest has taken hold of the Temple Bar neighbourhood, and the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Ringed by the wrought iron fences of the Christ Church grounds, many beloved Irish traditions are on display, such as Irish dancing and children's choirs singing time-honoured Gaelic songs. Old time practices of farming life are also demonstrated, such as the hand milling of grain, the cutting of peat bricks, and the weaving of St. Brigid's crosses.
Also on the grounds are lots of lovely creatures, both human and animal, which you might find on a farm, such as Gentlewoman farmers dressed in traditional costume along with goats and lambs, turkeys and chickens, and even a donkey or two. These images which I shot this past January were originally in colour, but in the spirit of Sepia Saturday I have reproduced them here in sepia.
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|This gentle little donkey bore most of these peat bricks to the festival in the cart to which he is strapped.|
|A Gentlewoman farmer, dressed in traditional costume, with two of her furry charges.|
|Himself out walking his turkey.|
|Pouring himself a drop of poteen.|
|A traditional Gypsy caravan.|
|A sheepish smile for me? Wooly the sheep enjoys a bit of straw.|
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