Puck Fair is Ireland’s oldest festival. It is completely unique as the only festival in the world which takes a wild mountain goat from the local mountain range and makes him king of the town for 3 days and nights. This year, the festival is celebrating its 400th year and to mark the occasion the festival is expanding to 4 days.
Free, fun, family events will take place with music acts, street entertainers and performers from all over Ireland and the world attending the festival. Highlights include open air night time concerts, local bands, traditional groups, markets and céilίs. The fair has long been and continues to be the main social, economic and cultural event in the Killorglin Calendar. It is a time when old friends meet, when new friendships are forged and the cares of everyday living are put on hold.
Tradition dictates that a horse fair takes place on the first day - Gathering Day. There is also a parade and a crowning ceremony where the Queen of Puck, traditionally a local school girl, crowns the goat King of the town for the next four days. A cattle fair takes place on the second day and street vendors are out in force advertising their wares. Music and dancing in the streets are commonplace and the pubs stay open each night until 3am. The festival comes to a spectacular climax on Scattering Day with a midnight fireworks display and open air concert.