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Puck Fair organisers expect 60,000 revellers

Published 10/08/2011 | 05:00

Revellers in their thousands are making their way to Killorglin and this evening will witness the coronation of a wild goat that will reign over the Co Kerry town for three days.

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Up to 60,000 are expected to attend the festival and its legendary horse fair, which has more to offer than just equine creatures.

"They sell donkeys, pups, chickens, geese, swans and rabbits . . . you name it," said Puck Fair chairman Declan Mangan.

Although the festival survives on a shoestring budget of €180,000 -- all raised locally through voluntary donations and sponsorship by businesses -- it generates an estimated €6m for the local economy.

"The atmosphere in the build-up to Puck is like Christmas with the fun and the camaraderie," Mr Mangan added.

"It brings people from all over the world and about 60,000 are expected this week."

Irish Independent

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