Saturday 20 January 2018

Puck Fair organisers expect 60,000 revellers

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.

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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