6th September, 2012

In recent years, there has been much debate about the future of the Horse Fair in Smithfield. Issues surrounding the maltreatment of animals as well as the violent events that occurred twelve months ago have led to the City Council reviewing the Bye Laws governing the holding of the Fair. This review has now concluded and the City Council launched a public consultation on the draft Bye Laws.  The main provisions of these proposals include:

  • ·         Only 2 Horse Fairs per year will be permitted to take place between 9.30am and 1.30pm.
  • ·         Only horses with the relevant documentation will be allowed to be sold.
  • ·         The event will require a Casual Trading Licence to be approved.
  • ·         Strict entry and exit points will be enforced for those selling horses and in attendance.
  • ·         Fines of up to €1900 may be issued to those found to be breaching the Bye Laws.


The Draft Bye Laws can be reviewed on the City Council’s website at Alternatively, you can view them in the Culture, Recreation & Amenity Department of Dublin City Council between 9am and 5pm. They will remain on display until November 15th. If you wish to make a submission on these proposals, you can do so until Thursday November 29th at 5pm in writing to Smithfield Horse Fair Control & Fee Bye Laws 2012, Dublin City Council, Culture Recreation & Amenity Department, Block 4, Floor 0, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 or by email to