King Puck is back in the shade after being reinstated on the throne last night when temperatures dropped.
In a statement issued today, organisers of the Puck Fair festival in Killorglin, Co Kerry said the goat’s hourly vet checks will continue throughout the day.
“Following veterinary checks and a clean bill of health, King Puck was reinstated on the stand last night once temperatures dropped. Today he is back in the shade with plenty of cold water and food while his hourly checks continue,” the statement said.
Today is known as Scattering Day at the festival. It will see the close of the three-day event and the formal dethronement of the puck goat.
This is the second time the goat has been taken down following public outcry over placing the wild mountain goat on a high metal 50ft stand in a heatwave.
Speaking last night, Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae welcomed the decision to reinstate the goat and said it was the “was the right thing to do.”.
Mr Healy-Rae said Puck Fair was of huge social importance to all of south Kerry.
He said it was "sad to see" people "interfere and interrupt this “great” event and that the goat would be released back into the wild “in better shape” than he was brought down.
“If the goat was above in Carrauntoohil, or below in the Black Valley would a vet be monitoring him every hour?” he asked on Radio Kerry.
“I saw the goat and the goat is fine. I was glad to be see that people were enjoying themselves in Killorglin last night and not locked up like we have been for the past few years.”