Every year a goat-handler goes up into the mountains to catch a 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, he returns to his home in the mountains.
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.
Killorglin is located on the world famous Ring of Kerry Road. From Killarney take the N72 and from Tralee take the N70.
Once here, please follow traffic signs and instructions and refrain from parking in no parking zones as these areas are there to ensure the free flow of traffic during the festival.
There is ample car parking available in the Annadale Road Car Park (opposite Bianconi Inn), Killarney Road (near Puck Goat Statue) and the Tralee Road.
Please ensure to lock all doors and windows when leaving your car and to remove all valuables from view inside your car.
Admission to all car parks is €10
Annadale Road car park: https://goo.gl/maps/rJFwV7DvwAEVps487
The Medical Centre is located in the CYMS building on Mill Road. The opening hours:
10th August: 09.00 – 04.00
11th August: 21.00 – 04.00
12th August: 21.00 – 04.00
Telephone: 066 97 90961.
In the event of an emergency, please contact any member of the emergency services or any member of the Puck Fair Committee (wearing blue hi-vis vests).
CYMS google link: https://goo.gl/maps/LgKX6gDnvJiZaMhX9
The bars in Killorglin will have the following late night exemptions:
Date Closing Time
09 August 02:00
10 August 03:00
11 August 03:00
12 August 03:00
13 August 02:00
PLEASE NOTE: Only plastic glasses are allowed on the street during the festival. For everyone’s safety, this will be enforced by Puck Fair committee and security.
The annual festival is organised by 20-ish voluntary members, who are assisted during the festival by various community volunteers, emergency services,
Garda Siochana, Health Service Executive Southern Area, Civil Defence, Kerry County Council.
Planning of the festival begins in March each year, monthly meeting are held initially and as the festival approaches, this increases to weekly meetings.
As a voluntary committee with a huge workload new members are always welcome.
If volunteering is your “thing”, please get in touch either through our contact page, our facebook page or by flagging down one of our volunteers during the Fair.