The recent death of Seosamh O’Guairim of Roisín na Manach in Carna brought to an end his and his fathers association of over 100 years with horses and ponies. In 1904 Seosamh’s father Peadar like many of his contemporaries decided to become a carraer (carter) and take advantage of the extensive network of new roads built by the Congested Districts Board.It was in this seminal period that the pony changed function from the pack animal of the nineteenth century to the draught of the twentieth. We remember the pony as a draught but it had several previous incarnations.
Peadar bought a Draught mare and a new cart and started his regular journey from his home to the train station at Ballynahinch where he met the Galway to Clifden train. He delivered goods like wool, fish and carraigín and came home with such as flour, oats and tobacco.
Seosamh had a deep knowledge of the ponies of his area. His own favourite was Rusheen Blackbird a regular at the race meetings in the thirties and forties. Fear uasal a raibh an suim agus eolas aige ar a cheanntar agus a mhuintir. Go ndéana Dia grásta ar a anam.