Sunday 17 December 2017

Galvin gets his goat just in time for the fair

John O'Mahony

WITH a perfectly groomed goatee, a feisty personality and a real twinkle in his eye, there was only one choice when it came to naming the wild mountain goat that will lord it over this year's Puck Fair.

King Paul -- named in honour of Kerry GAA cult hero Paul Galvin -- will be master of all he surveys from a lofty perch overlooking the town of Killorglin for three days and nights, starting on August 10.

Veteran goat-catcher Frank Joy led a seven-strong party into the rugged Kerry mountains in search of a worthy monarch at the weekend.

He was thrilled to find what he describes as a spectacular animal.

"It was very difficult terrain and we spent several hours chasing him before we finally succeeded on Saturday night," said Frank.

"He is incredibly energetic and muscular. He's really up for it and it's clear he has got what it takes -- just like Paul Galvin really."

Mr Joy brought Paul to a field at his home where he will mix with two tamer goats to help him relax before he is transported to Killorglin town square.

There he will be crowned by the 12-year-old Queen of Puck, Claire O'Sullivan, in 10 days' time.

Irish Independent

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