Every October horse dealers from all over Ireland descend on Ballinasloe, County Galway, in the west of Ireland. The Ballinasloe horse fair, held annually, is one of Europe's oldest and largest horse fairs, dating back to the 18th century. An estimated 100,000 people attend the week long fair each year. The fair is an important event for the Irish travelling community, who regularly gather there to buy and sell horses. 

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