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‘When King Puck is crowned, it’s like the beginning of the Olympics!’

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King Puck is hoisted on his throne in front of thousands of people at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Wednesday. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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SOMETHING of the carnival atmosphere of Rio has been replicated on the streets of Killorglin, according to the chairman of the Puck Fair committee Declan Mangan.

Organisers of the festival expect to welcome over 100,000 visitors over the duration of the three-day festival.

The weather gods smiled down as revellers converged on Killorglin on Gathering Day yesterday for the start of the festival, marked by the traditional coronation of a mountain goat and the Ireland’s longest-running horse fair.

Surveying all he sees from his lofty perch, King Puck ends his glorious reign tomorrow. Declan Mangan said: “When the goat was crowned at 6pm it was an automatic release of tension – it was like the beginning of the Olympics!”

A hit with locals and tourists alike, the annual Fair Day aspect of proceedings is underway today, with Scattering Day (tomorrow) drawing the event to a close.

Irish country music sensation Mike Denver will perform tonight on the festival’s main stage.

This year’s festival is particularly special for 12-year-old local schoolgirl Kerry Lynch from Glounaguillagh National School, Caragh Lake, as she was recently crowned Queen of Puck Fair, and her lady-in-waiting Bláthnaid Ní Cearnaigh.
 


 
King Puck is hoisted on his throne in front of thousands of people at Puck Fair in Killorglin on Wednesday.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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