Sally Savage

Book Trailer – A Fair Day by Sally Savage

Author and photographer Sally Savage focuses on the horsemen’s devotion to a traditional way of life that is quieter, slower and simpler, while acknowledging the many changes taking place around them. A life that is guided by age-old customs, carved out by the labor of one’s own hands and a destiny more self-made. In this region of rural Ireland, farmers, traders, breeders, trainers, tack vendors and blacksmiths come together to do what they love—talk and trade, and revel in their horses. Here, the seasons revolve around and remain marked by the Horse Fairs of County Kerry.

Photography: Sally Savage (

Video montage: Bonneville Consulting (

Rooney’s Next Adventure

Rooney’s Update

DSC_0308After spending the last few months with my sister and her dachshund Fritz, Rooney ( the little wire haired terrier we brought home from the Gap of Dunloe) is preparing to relocate to Maryland this June. Read more


Here in Ireland, with the intention of selling some of the books at the Gap Of Dunloe horse fair, I walked away with a bit more than I bargained for. As described in the book, the art of trading and bargaining is so much of what these fairs are about. Well, as horse trader Tommy Doyle would say, “ I’ve was bit by the bug”. Read more

Book Signing… Left Bank Books, Belfast, Maine

Free-Press-Sally-SavageLast Friday night’s signing was a great success. There was standing room only for the presentation and discussion about A Fair Day.



Just got word today that the books have been loaded onto a ship in Rotterdam. They are now heading to the US. I expect it will take 3-4 weeks before they are delivered to our house in Key Largo, FL.


I submitted a book for possible distribution to Irish bookshops and Argosy Distributors in Dublin just contacted me to let me know they are interested. A travel writer also contacted me and plans to review my book for the Irish Publication, Irish Countrysides.

Books and Books in Miami are wanting to carry my book so I am currently working with them to have the book available there when the shipment rolls in from Ireland sometime in early October.


I have arrived back in the States after an exciting book launch and marketing start. The launch at the Red Fox was unexpected and so gratifying. So many friends, those who had learned about the book via a Kerry Radio interview with Deirdre Walsh, the fellows who had allowed me to interview, and my family and friends were there giving me praise. I was so fortunate that the Chairman for the Listowel Writing Week, Sean Lyons, so kindly came down to Glenbeigh to do the launch. I came up with the notion of riding a horse into the pub down the red carpet John Mulvihill had rolled out for the event but it was proving difficult to arrange. So my own donkey Teacup came along. He was a natural.. walked in, flashes going off into his face, it didn’t bother him a bit. I took the mike and Teacup and I thanked all those for coming and related why I had done this book and how meaningful all the friendships are that I have made in Ireland.

We sold an amazing amount of books that night.

Next.. Selling at Puck Fair. The first day of Puck I was down at Evan’s field set up in the vendors area. My dear friends and sister were located in the town just outside O’Grady’s Pub and B&B. The weather was fine, thank goodness, for all three days ! The most rewarding and exciting part of selling at the fair was as people came over, poured through the book and saw themselves or a loved one their words or expressions said it all. It was then I realized my mission had been successful- show the horsemen of Kerry just how unique and special they are. And what they do, needed to be recorded for future generations, who many not be able to experience this social time worn event as economic pressures takes it’s toll.


(August 7, 2013) Deidre Walsh of Radio Kerry interviews Sally Savage, an American photographer who’s just published a book of photographs about the horsemen of Kerry.

or visit Radio Kerry’s website


How exciting – the books arrived in Killorglin at 6:30 pm last night! The Corkery Family all came over to help unload the stacks of boxes.

Since we did the email announcement to announce the book, I have had lots of notes of congratulations and pre-orders.

Tomorrow family and friends arrive to help with the launch/sale of the book at the Puck Fair. The town is expecting over 100,000 visitors for the next few days ! Hope they have eaten their “Wheaties.”

This week we are launching the book in Ireland. Next week we plan to have books loaded for shipping to the US as well!

I am off to Kerry Radio this morning for a radio interview with Deirdre Walsh whose program Talkabout will do a segment on my book.


Ireland Independent Bookseller DUBRAY BOOKS (Website) informed me that they will distribute “A Fair Day” to various bookstores from one of their central bookstore in Bray.