Fairs and Markets of Ireland. A Cultural Geography. Oireacht na Mumhan Book, . Pp 158. Illustrated. Very good copy I pictorial d.j.' Written accounts of fairs and markets appear more and more the accepted record of what happened. The rate at which first-hand memory has gone with it's holders is now at an advanced stage, as fairs and markets underwent decline, and ultimately a near total eclipse in the 1960s. Forces of modernity, never mind post-modernity, sufficed to see off the mire and magic of the fair, and dealth wholesale death to the haggling of the marketplace. In this comphrensive, well-researched study, Patrick J. O'Connor gathers up the senses of the fair and market day, and with the aid of a range of illustrations, explores a whole cultural world from origins to ends.'