Sunday 4 December 2016

Lucrative event rooted in old traditions

Published 11/08/2011 | 05:00

•60,000 -- The number of people expected to visit the Puck Fair this week.

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•6,000,000 -- The number of euro the festival generates for the local economy.

•398 -- The number of years there has been a fair in Killorglin -- although it is believed the crowning of King Puck predates that and has its roots in the pagan Lughnasa festival.

•2013 -- The year that marks the 400th anniversary of Puck Fair. Local landlord Jenkin Conway received the charter to hold the fair in 1613 from King James I.

•45 -- The number of feet in the air from which King Puck 2011 will look down on his subjects.

•40,000 -- a modest estimation of the number of pints that will be drunk over the three days.

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