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Puck Fair hits all the right notes for fans

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AS PUCK FAIR 2016 draws to a close, visitors to the town can not only look forward to what promises to be a spectacular fireworks display at midnight tonight. Once again, the dedicated and passionate members of the Puck Fair committee have come up trumps to deliver a festival even bigger and better than the last. Day one of Puck Fair, known as ‘Gathering Day’ got off to a great start, with buyers, traders and tourists alike flocking to the Horse Fair, located at the foot of the town’s iconic bridge.

Ireland’s longest-running horse fair always proves to be one of the main attractions of the festival, with an electric atmosphere created by the banter between buyers and sellers, the intriguing trade stalls and of course, the beautiful horses, ponies and donkeys that take up residence in the field for the day.

Dr Pixie McKenna and Dr Phil Kieran from RTÉ One’s popular show, ‘You Should Really See a Doctor’ were also on hand at the Horse Fair site to consult with visitors experiencing any aches, pains or ailments!

Following the Horse Fair, the Coronation Parade and Ceremony unsurprisingly drew thousands of spectators to the Puck Fair stand, where this year’s King Puck was crowned by the 2016 Queen – 12-year-old local schoolgirl Kerry Lynch. The crowds that had gathered applauded the beautiful goat king as he took his place on the main stand, taking in the sights and sounds of one of Ireland’s oldest festivals.

Speaking of this year’s main attraction, goat catcher and Puck Fair committee member John McGrath revealed: “The goat has put on weight since he joined us – he’s on good grass! He’ll go back now and tell all his friends he had a great time!”

Day two of the festival – or ‘Fair Day’ as it is traditionally known – picked up where the previous day left off, with performers and musicians entertaining the masses on every street corner. The beautiful craft fair was once again in full swing on Library Place and tourists milled around the colourful stalls to purchase mementos of their Puck Fair experience. Families with young children happily posed for photographs with King Puck himself and the variety of Disney characters and superheroes parading through the town, while the youngest festival goers were kept busy with the Bonny Baby Competition during the afternoon – won by Dean Joseph (2 years and 7 months old), from Killorglin.

The second day of festivities came to a successful and enjoyable end with excited country music fans gathering in front of the town’s main stage to see the fabulous Mike Denver perform. Geraldine O’Sullivan of the Puck Fair committee said: “Over 8,000 people showed up see Mike Denver last night – the biggest crowd we’ve had since Mundi played in 2008.”

As ‘Scattering Day’ quickly came around marking the final day of Puck Fair, those staying in and around Killorglin began gearing up for the Dethronement Parade and to bid farewell to King Puck.

Speaking about the success of this year’s festival, Chairman of the Puck Fair committee Declan Mangan said: “Standing here on the morning of the last day of Puck Fair and looking around at the amount of volunteers who stayed around, you appreciate the work they do. You couldn’t have a festival without the efforts made by the volunteers, working for hours upon hours and they never question anything – just ask them to do it and they’ll do it. I think they’re one of the real secrets behind the success of Puck Fair.”

He added: “The whole package – the committee, the workers, the townspeople, the visitors, the entertainers – all work together to make up the whole unique package that is Puck Fair.”
 


 
Irish country music sensation Mike Denver with fans at Puck Fair.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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