Puck Fair – in Irish this is Aonach an Phoic, meaning “Fair of the He-Goat”, is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs.
Every year a goat-catcher goes up into the mountains to catch a wild goat. The goat is brought back to the town and the Queen of Puck, traditionally a young schoolgirl from one of the local primary schools crowns him King Puck.
This signifies that the festivities may begin!
On the 3rd day – minus his crown – he is brought down to be led back to his mountain home.
The Welfare of the goat
The welfare of the goat is of utmost importance to all involved in organising Puck Fair. We have strict protocols in place to ensure this and they are overseen and checked by an independent veterinary surgeon.
For more information on the Organising Committee’s commitment, please see our Goat Welfare Statement