10 August 2024
12 August 2024
The Puck Fair and its goat-centered traditions are so ingrained in the culture of Killorglin town it has become the lifeblood of the community; it simply doesn’t get any more Irish than this!
The festival is ongoing since 1603.
Ireland’s oldest festival, which means Fair of the He-Goat, takes place at Killorglin in County Kerry and attracts thousands of spectators from all over the country who come to welcome their new king – for the meantime, at least. The king is no other than a wild goat that’s been captured from the surrounding hills.
The highlight of the festival is the crowning of the captured goat, after which it’s placed on a stand right at the centre of all the action for the duration of the festival. But don’t worry, the welfare of the goat is a top priority of the locals – he’s fed and given water, and returns to the wild after the festivities. The goat is then introduced to a “Queen Puck”, a role that is usually assigned to a local girl who crowns the "King".
The Puck Fair takes place at Killorglin, located on the Ring of Kerry Road.
Killorglin is a small town filled with historical treasures that will transport you to another time. Some historical attractions include the Blennerhasset Monument, the Carnegie Building, Tom Lawlor Bronze Bust, Old Mill, Iron Bridge, and of course, the Puck Goat Statue. The only kind of nightlife here are the pubs, but they’re a dime a dozen and a ton of fun. Have your fill of local beers and come with an open mind – Irish pubs are much more fun than you think!
Your experience at the Puck Fair There’s more to the festival than just goats.
There are two parades that happen during the crowning and dethroning of the king, entertainment in the form of live traditional music, theatrical acts, and horse and cattle fairs. Attendees can also marvel at the eccentric as well as modern knick-knacks on display at the many stalls and tents.
The festival culminates with a crazy fireworks show and circus acts. Watch out for the intimate workshops for pipe, circus, and drums – but they’re on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be many wholesome and family-friendly activities during the day, but for some good times Irish style, wait until the sun goes down! The thrilling open-air concerts are open to all.
Learn more about the Puck Fair in Killorglin
1. Go to the official website and double check the event dates, prices and regulations.
2. Book hotel rooms in Killorglin available during the event. ⤵︎
2.1. Pick a hotel room by location and by price.
2.2. The search is done for 1 guest and the entire duration of the event. Click on the 'Filter', 'Guests', and 'Dates' buttons to adjust the search.
🏨 In the 'Filters' section, you can tell if you are looking for hotels or vacation homes. Here, you can filter the results by stars, review ratings, and budget.
👨👩👧👦 In this section, you can specify the number of guests (adults and children) and the number of rooms you want to book.
📆 Finally, you can change the date of your stay.
2.3. Save more money! Some hotel rooms are provided by multiple hotel booking websites. You will see them on the top of the hotel room details when you hover the mouse over the room. Be it Booking.com, Expedia, Trivago, Opodo, or other providers, select the best price provider for the room during the chosen period.
2.4. If hotel rooms are not available around the event location, you can zoom out or search by a nearby city/town name. If you have a specific hotel in mind, you can even search the particular hotel name.
2.5. Bonus tip: Switch to Experiences search. Perhaps you will find great tours and activities!
2.6. Pro tip: The map of the experiences may help you find the most vibrant areas in the city and the best locations where you can look for accommodations for your stay.
3. If everything is fine you can buy all the tickets