IT’S always a sign that autumn is nigh when Kerry gets in the mood for Ireland’s oldest festival, the one and only Puck Fair. The Killorglin event, which unfolds on August 10, 11 and 12 every year, sees a wild mountain goat crowned king as he goes on to reign over the town for the duration of the festival.
The event has, of course, given rise to the now-well known quip, “where the goat is a king and the people act the goat.
This year’s exciting programme of events was unveiled at a launch on Rossbeigh Beach. Families, day-trippers, weekend revellers and visitors from far and wide are called to court to pay homage to the one true Irish king, who will also rule over the Wild Atlantic Way.
With a lineage that traces back to ancient times, and with no rival in sight, this year’s King Puck commands all the territories, from where the land meets the sea to the rocky outcrops of the Kerry Mountains.
Killorglin’s much-loved Puck Fair is undeniably one of quirkiest festivals in the world, as well as being Ireland’s original and oldest ‘Gathering Festival’.
The pinnacle of the celebration surrounds the crowning of a wild mountain goat as the festival’s King which honours a tradition and heritage that is purported to be ancient, but can only officially be traced back to 1603 when King James I issued a charter granting legal status to the existing fair in Killorglin. This coronation ceremony traditionally takes place on the first evening of the festivities in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland. This year’s King Puck is also to be crowned “The King of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Kerry Lynch, aged 12, from Glounaguillagh National School, Caragh Lake has been named as the Queen of Puck Fair, with Bláthnaid Carney from Killorglin as her lady in waiting. Her majesty will be honoured with the crowning of the goat king during the most popular celebration of the Fair.
Prior to the coronation, the King and Queen will be paraded through the town in order to bestow the ‘Freedom of the Town’ upon all in attendance and the festival itself. This marks the beginning of three days of ceremony, merriment, celebration and music.
The 2016 parade promises to be a kaleidoscope of colourful floats and entertainers. The route, which was changed last year, is designed to allow greater viewing opportunities and will begin at the Bridge and follow up through Lower Bridge Street, on to The Square and Upper Bridge Street and finally onto Iveragh Road.
Another popular event on opening day or Gathering Day which features Ireland’s oldest continually running horse fair.
Following on from Wednesday’s commencement ceremonies, Thursday the 11th promises to be equally as fun filled and dynamic, chock-a-block with music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
The second day of Puck Fair is traditionally known as ‘Fair Day’ and the line up so far includes a number of free workshops for dance, circus skills and a drum & Irish pipe workshop.
Friday, the Final day of Puck Fair for another year, and known as ‘Scattering Day ‘ is action packed and particularly suited to families. A firework display will light up the sky over Killorglin, a fitting way to bid farewell to Puck Fair. For a list of all to see and do at Puck Fair see www.puckfair.ie
Launching Puck Fair are Deputy Michael Healy-Rae TD, Ruth Albrecht, Tweak, Jess the dog; back, Bláthaid Carney, Killorglin, Declan Mangan, chairman, Puck Festival, Tim O’Shea and members of Afro Trad Ireland, Samuel Kiwanuka and Rosie Healy, Fionnuala O’Dwyer, Diageo, Queen of Puck Fair Kerry Lynch, Caragh Lake, Sean Coffey, Puck Fair Committee. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement.
“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/
IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley
By Michelle Crean Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]
By Michelle Crean
Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.
Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.
Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.
Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.
Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.
Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.
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