President’s Address 2018

Fáilte romhaibh go léir go dtí Aonach an Phoic 2018. Féle tradisiúnta, stairiúil,neamh choitianta, Ceilteach atá ar siúl againn anseo i gCillOrglan agus ba mhaith linn fáilte ó chroí a chur roimh gach éinne, ó gach aird den domhan.

Puck Fair is an ancient traditional Fair and Festival which takes place in Killorglin on August 10th, 11th and 12th every year. In 1613 King James 1 of England gave a charter to the local landlord, Jenkin Conway, allowing him to collect taxes from the farmers attending the Fair at Killorglin. We can definitely say that Puck Fair is over 400 years old, but local tradition marks Puck as an ancient Celtic festival celebrating Lughnasa, the beginning of the Autumn season.

Whatever the beginning, Puck Fair is now a long established Fair and Festival, offering 12 hours daily of free family entertainment. Over the three days it is estimated that 80,000 visitors visit our town. A traditional horse fair, a royal parade and a crowning of a wild male goat on August 10th mark the start of three days of fun where old friends renew acquaintances and new friendships are formed. All part of the magic of this unique event!

To ensure each of you have a fun-filled, safe and enjoyable visit to our town, please ensure that you respect the safety conditions required by Gardai, HSE, Civil Defence, Stewards and Officials. As ever, we could not organise Puck Fair without the support we get from all Statutory Bodies, our generous sponsors and especially the citizens of Killorglin.

Having been Chairman for the last 30 years, I have recently handed over the role to Declan Falvey, and I wish Declan and his committee of dedicated, hard-working volunteers, every success for Puck Fair 2018.

Muna bhfuil agat ach pocán gabhar, bí i lár an aonaigh leis. If you only have a puck goat – make sure he is at the centre of the fair. Sound advice!!

Declan Mangan, President Puck Fair 2018.