Tulla County Clare was a well-known market town that held fairs from the time of its market patent in 1619. The fair days were held throughout the year and they attracted large crowds both locally and from all over Ireland. Livestock such as cattle, sheep, pigs, bonhams and farm produce were sold at the fair as well as spades, sleáin and coarse flannel. In addition, periwinkles and seaweed were also sold. The perwinkles and seaweed were brought down by ass and cart from New Quay. The last fair day was held in 1972. The opening of the larger mars in Ennis and Scariff did away with the local market days in many villages.
Tulla continues to hold a market licence where every Thursday morning specific traders can sell their goods in front of the Tulla Courthouse.
submitted by Jane Halloran Ryan, Tulla Clare volunteer.
For further information, please see the 2019 Edition of Reflections from Home and Abroad published by Tulla Reaching Out Heritage. This extract was taken from the article by Jane Halloran Ryan entitled "Tulla Market Charter 1619-2019".