Friday, March 18, 2016

Rabble Children

This monument was created by Maurice Harron, a Northern Irish sculptor from Derry and erected in 1994. Hiring fairs were held in Letterkenny in years gone by when children between the ages of 11 and 16 were sold for periods of six months to wealthy farmers of the Lagan Valley. These Rabble Days were held annually in May and November at Speer's Lane, at the corner of Upper Main Street.
Info courtesy of Wikipedia.




14 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Unbelievable nowadays, not to be forgotten and lovely sculpture.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dark history, but nice and bright pictures. Happy weekend

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great series of photos. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I like it. It's not often that artists are able to express themselves so directly and humanely.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a fascinating post. I had never heard of this practice.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a fascinating post. I had never heard of this practice.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great sculpture but it's hard to imagine renting out your 11 year old!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful sculptures but dreadful times Bill.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful sculptures but dreadful times Bill.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow -- interesting. So important to remember history. Makes you realize how fortunate we are to live in this time period.

    ReplyDelete