Photo, 2010 IrishFireside
PERIOD: 10-12 August 2018
PLACE: Killorglin, Ireland
Are you ready to join thousands of diners to attend the most incredible marriages of the year? If you were to be in Ireland, from 10 to 12 August, you are invited, too, to the royal wedding .... Puck Fair. Do not expect, however, to witness the union of two bold, beautiful young people.
No sovereign future and, above all, no nation to govern. You will not attend a Royal parade; you will not hear a trumpet; you will not see any prince on horseback
At the Puck Fair, the one who will take the hand of the beautiful young woman of the country will be King Capra!
That's right. Every year, during the month of August, in the small Irish village of Killorglin, not far from Cork, the marriage between the King Goat and the most beautiful damsel of the village takes place. Because a king can not remain alone! Precisely for this reason, every year, a girl, chosen among the most beautiful, will accompany the king goat during the festivities.
It is a popular celebration, colorful and lively, which has always distinguished the town; the celebration is exclusively symbolic. The goat is celebrated and nourished for three days. The ceremony, halfway between the sacred and the profane, no matter how absurd it may appear, is inspired by a legend.
It is said that at the time of the invasion of the Irish lands, led by Oliver Cromwell (British condottiere and politician), a billy goat abandoned the herd. Frightened by the arrival of the soldiers, he headed for Cill Orglain (Killorglin). His arrival made the inhabitants sense the danger; thanks to the warning of the animal, people managed to counteract the invaders and largely to save themselves. This is one of the most accredited theories about the origins of the Puck Fair.
Killorglin, on the occasion of the party, is transformed. To date, the event is among the most important and followed. It is not up to me to judge the content and the mode of the party. It certainly can not please a goat to be deprived of its habitat, and thrown into the fray of thousands of people. The organizers, however, have always emphasized how important it was il benessere della capra. Ci sono protocolli rigorosi in atto per garantire ciò, e sono supervisionati e controllati da un veterinario chirurgo indipendente. Esistono, in addition, special committees.
Today, Puck Fair has assumed the connotations of a great national fair. For this reason, the 2018 program is even richer and more interesting, with activities for everyone, including the little ones.
HOW TO GET
Hospitality and hospitality have always characterized 'sIreland. Not least, Killorglin.
The small town of Killorglin is located in the south of Ireland, not far from the beautiful Killarney National Park, about 100 kilometers from Cork. To get to Killorglin from Cork, take the n.40 bus to Killarney; from the latter, with the 279A bus you can reach your destination in less than half an hour. Further info, on the Irish transport site from this link.
Naturally, the town can easily be reached by car. Killorglin, is located lungo la famosa Ring of Kerry Road. Da Killarney, si prende la N72, mentre da Tralee si prende la N70. Arrivati in città, bisogna seguire le indicazioni per il parcheggio. Molte aree, infatti, sono limitate al traffico durante i 3 giorni, per garantire il corretto flusso dei turisti. Ci sono due ampie aree parcheggio ad Annadale Road Car Park (di fronte Bianconi Inn), Killarney Road (vicino a Puck Goat Statue) e Tralee Road. Il costo è di 5€ per la giornata.
Il cartellone di eventi ed attività del Puck Fair 2018 è quanto mai ricco. Ogni giorno, potrete assistere a spettacoli musicali, teatrali e comici, in diverse ore e luoghi della città. Potrete trovare tutte le informazioni riguardanti attività, luoghi e orari specifici sul programma ufficiale, disponibile gratuitamente presso l’Ufficio informazioni sul Plaza, presso l’Ufficio del Turismo, nei negozi locali e in altri punti vendita della città.
Every era, free live concerts in the central square. On Friday evening, "The Swing Cats" will be on stage; Saturday, it will be the "The Cosmic Funk Band", while for the closing night there will be "Jake Carter". At the stroke of midnight, do not miss the firework display of fireworks.
Ma il Puck Fair è, anche, un festival per famiglie. Ogni giorno, tutte le ore, il divertimento è assicurato con Face-Painting, Street Performers, Music, Puppet Shows e tantissimi workshop per i più piccoli. Ci saranno, anche, diverse competizioni come Bonny Baby, Fancy Dress e Pet Show. Tutte le attività sono GRATUITE! Per i più grandi, invece, intrattenimento garantito con la Fiera dei Cavalli e del Bestiame. Chi volesse acquistare qualcosa, potrà fare un salto alla Fiera dell’Artigianato. Troverete tantissimi prodotti artigianali e tradizionali locali, nazionali e internazionali, come gioielli fatti a mano, prodotti cosmetici e di bellezza, vestiti, accessori, e molto altro ancora
WHERE TO SLEEP
Those wishing to stay in the city, keep in mind that the facilities available are not many. In particular, during the Puck Fair. The alternatives, of course, are not lacking. Through this link, the best offers to stay in Killorglin and surroundings. TO Killarney e Tralee there is a good availability of B & B and accommodation. In Tralee you will find facilities at cheaper prices.
Located in the center of Tralee, the Tralee Townhouse, recommended by us, offers rooms with private bathroom just 300 meters from the National Folkloric Theater of Ireland - Siamsa Tíre. Each room features free WiFi, a TV, a work desk, ironing facilities and tea / coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom comes with a shower or a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Close to the event, you will hardly find free rooms. Book in advance, from here.