Sunday 25 August 2019

King Puck : Beauty and beast tie the knot

Crowned by 12-year-old Caoimhe O'Sullivan from Sun Hill, Killorglin, King Jimmy's silken
locks glistened with raindropsfor the start of the three-day festival
Crowned by 12-year-old Caoimhe O'Sullivan from Sun Hill, Killorglin, King Jimmy's silken locks glistened with raindropsfor the start of the three-day festival

IT was one of the wettest ever starts to the world renowned Killorglin Puck Fair in Co Kerry yesterday.

But despite the dismal conditions, traffic jammed the town from early morning for the homecoming fair festival, which sees locals return from all over Ireland and the world for Gathering Day which took place yesterday.

An estimated 60,000 people are expected to attend the event. Crowned by 12-year-old Caoimhe O'Sullivan (right) from Sun Hill, Killorglin, King Jimmy's silken locks glistened with raindrops for the start of the three-day festival. The hardy royal was caught high over Rossbeigh beach a week ago by chief goat catcher Frank Joy. The traditional early morning start to the fair, which got its charter from King James I, saw about 200 stalls line the streets. Puck Fair costs some €150,000 to run but earns an estimated €6m for the local economy. There will be be nightly street entertainment and closing night tomorrow will culminate in fireworks.

ANNE LUCEY

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