The Puck Fair

Killorglin, in the geographical heart of Kerry, is the venue for one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals – Puck Fair. The fair is one of Ireland’s oldest and longest celebrated and is held without fail on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year for the last 400 years. Yes you read it right…400 years! The most widely mentioned story relating to the origin of King Puck, associates him with the English Ironside Leader Oliver Cromwell. It is related that while the “Roundheads” were pillaging the countryside around Shanara and Kilgobnet at the foot of the McGillycuddy Reeks, they routed a herd of goats grazing on the upland. The animals took flight before the raiders, and the he-goat or “Puck” broke away on his own and lost contact with the herd. While the others headed for the mountains he went towards Cill Orglain (Killorglin) on the banks of the Laune. His arrival there in a state of semi exhaustion alerted the inhabitants of the approaching danger and they immediately set about protecting themselves and their stock. It is said that in recognition of the service rendered by the goat, the people decided to institute a special festival in his honour and this festival has been held ever since. There are many other stories or legends that recount the origins and history of the fair which can be found at the Puck Fair. Free, fun, family events take place across the 3 days. Music acts, street entertainers and performers from all over Ireland and the world attend the festival – highlights include open air night time concerts, a host of local bands and traditional groups, céilís, a unique coronation ceremony & parade , storytelling, traditional music sessions, midnight madness fireworks & the Horse Fair. The carnival atmosphere includes street traders, street artists, craft fair, buskers, face painting, pet show, bonny babies, puppet theatre and music sessions. So mark your calendars as this years it is being extended 4 days to celebrate the 400th anniversary this August. Like this:Like...