This Friday, the 9th of August, the annual Puck Fair festival kicks off for another edition. Famous for purportedly being Ireland’s oldest festival, Puck has been a popular fixture on the Kerry calendar for over 400 years. Each year a mountain goat is captured in the hills overlooking Killorglin and is crowned King Puck. King Puck is given a throne at the top of the town and it is under his watchful eye that the fair takes place.
Puck is known nationwide for the wide variety of goods available to buy in the markets and is also well-known for the craic in the public houses which often stay open into the small hours of the morning.
The festival has evolved in recent times however and now Puck is a very attractive proposition to families as well as revelers. Its programme this year boasts muppet shows, children workships, music workshops as well as performances from the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Wobbly Circus Street Show and the ever-popular fireworks display which closes the festival on Sunday evening. You can check out the full programme here – http://puckfair.ie/programme#tab1.
Be warned – traffic going to Killorglin will get busy. It is advised you travel to Killorglin for Puck Fair early in the day rather till waiting till the afternoon.