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Puck Fair of Killorglin, from 10 to 12 August 2019, the festival of King Goat

Puck Fair


WHERE: Killorglin, Ireland
WHEN: 10 – 12 August 2022

Are you ready to join thousands of diners to attend the most incredible marriages of the year? If you were to be in Ireland, from 10 to 12 August, you are invited, too, to the royal wedding …. Puck Fair. Do not expect, however, to witness the union of two bold, beautiful young people.

No sovereign future and, above all, no nation to govern. You will not attend a Royal parade; you will not hear a trumpet; you will not see any prince on horseback

At the Puck Fair, the one who will take the hand of the beautiful young woman of the country will be King Capra!

That’s right. Every year, during the month of August, in the small Irish village of Killorglin, not far from Cork, the marriage between the King Goat and the most beautiful damsel of the village takes place. Because a king can not remain alone! Precisely for this reason, every year, a girl, chosen among the most beautiful, will accompany the king goat during the festivities.

It is a popular celebration, colorful and lively, which has always distinguished the town; the celebration is exclusively symbolic. The goat is celebrated and nourished for three days. The ceremony, halfway between the sacred and the profane, no matter how absurd it may appear, is inspired by a legend.

It is said that at the time of the invasion of the Irish lands, led by Oliver Cromwell (British condottiere and politician), a billy goat abandoned the herd. Frightened by the arrival of the soldiers, he headed for Cill Orglain (Killorglin). His arrival made the inhabitants sense the danger; thanks to the warning of the animal, people managed to counteract the invaders and largely to save themselves. This is one of the most accredited theories about the origins of the Puck Fair.

Killorglin, on the occasion of the party, is transformed. To date, the event is among the most important and followed. It is not for the undersigned to judge the content and modality of the party. Certainly a goat will not like being deprived of its habitat, and thrown into the fray of thousands of people. The organizers, however, have always stressed that the welfare of the goat was of utmost importance. There are strict protocols in place to ensure this, and they are supervised and supervised by an independent veterinarian surgeon. There are also specific committees.

Puck Fair has today taken on the characteristics of a great national fair. For this reason, after the cancellations due to the pandemic, the 2022 program will be even richer and more interesting, with activities for everyone, including the little ones.

Puck Fair

Photo, 2010 IrishFireside

PRACTICAL INFO

HOW TO GET

Reception and hospitality have always been a feature of the Irish people. Killorglin is no less.

The small town is located in the south of Ireland, not far from the beautiful Killarney National Park, about 100 kilometers from Cork. To get to Killorglin from Cork, take the n.40 bus to Killarney; from the latter, with the 279A bus you can reach your destination in less than half an hour. Further info, on the Irish transport site from this link.

Of course, the town can be easily reached by car. Killorglin, is located along the famous Ring of Kerry Road. From Killarney, take the N72, while from Tralee, take the N70. Once in the city, you have to follow the signs for the parking. Many areas, in fact, are limited to traffic during the 3 days, to ensure the correct flow of tourists. There are two large parking areas at Annadale Road Car Park (opposite Bianconi Inn), Killarney Road (near Puck Goat Statue) and Tralee Road. The cost is €5 for the day.

PROGRAM PUCK FAIR 2022

The program of events and activities of the Puck Fair is rather rich. Every day, you can watch musical, theatrical and comedy shows in different hours and places in the city. You can find all the information regarding specific activities, places and times on the official program, available for free at the Information Office on the Plaza, at the Tourist Office, in local shops and in other sales points in the city.

Every evening, free live concerts in the central square. Appointment from 22:00 to 00:00. On the 10th, at 5:30 pm, the ceremony and the extraordinary parade begin, from The Bridge, along a route that passes through Upper Bridge Street. At the stroke of midnight, don’t miss the fireworks display of fireworks.

But Puck Fair is also a family festival. Every day, every hour, fun is guaranteed with Face-Painting, Street Performers, Music, Puppet Shows and lots of workshops for the little ones. There will also be several competitions like Bonny Baby, Fancy Dress and Pet Show. All activities are FREE! For the older ones, instead, guaranteed entertainment with the Fair of Horses and Livestock. Anyone wishing to buy something, can visit the Craft Fair. You will find lots of handicraft and traditional local, national and international products, such as handmade jewelry, cosmetic and beauty products, clothes, accessories, and much more

WHERE TO SLEEP

Those wishing to stay in the city, keep in mind that the facilities available are not many. In particular, during the Puck Fair. The alternatives, of course, are not lacking. Through this link, the best offers to stay in Killorglin and surroundings. Killarney e Tralee have a good availability of B & B and accommodation. In Tralee you will find facilities at cheaper prices.

Located in the center of Tralee, the Tralee Townhouse, recommended by us, offers rooms with private bathroom just 300 meters from the National Folkloric Theater of Ireland – Siamsa Tíre. Each room features free WiFi, a TV, a work desk, ironing facilities and tea / coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom comes with a shower or a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Close to the event, you will hardly find free rooms. Book in advance, from here.

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