King Puck by Martina Fagan
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The most widely mentioned story relating to the origin of King Puck, associates him with the English Ironside Leader Oliver Cromwell. It is related that while the “Roundheads” were pillaging the countryside around Shanara and Kilgobnet at the foot of the McGillycuddy Reeks, they routed a herd of goats grazing on the upland. The animals took flight before the raiders, and the he-goat or “Puck” broke away on his own and lost contact with the herd. While the others headed for the mountains he went towards Cill Orglain (Killorglin) on the banks of the Laune. His arrival there in a state of semi exhaustion alerted the inhabitants of the approaching danger and they immediately set about protecting themselves and their stock.

It is said that in recognition of the service rendered by the goat, the people decided to institute a special festival in his honour and this festival has been held ever since.

Other legends regarding the origin of “King Puck” relates to the time of Daniel O’Connell, who in 1808 was an unknown barrister. It seems that before that year, the August fair held in Killorglin had been a toll fair, but an Act of the British Parliament empowered the Viceroy or Lord Lieutenant in Dublin to make an order, at his own discretion, making it unlawful to levy tolls at cattle, horse or sheep fairs. Tolls in Killorglin at this time were collected by the local landlord – Mr Harman Blennerhassett – who had fallen into bad graces with the authorities in Dublin Castle and as a result the Viceroy robbed him of his right to levy tolls. Blennerhassett enlisted the services of the young Daniel O’Connell, who in an effort to reverse the decision decided that goats were not covered by the document and that the landlord would be legally entitled to hold a goat fair, and levy his tolls as usual. Thus the fair was promptly advertised as taking place on August 10th, 1808, and on that day a goat was hoisted on a stage to show to all attending that the fair was indeed a goat fair – thus Blennerhassett collected his toll money and Killorglin gained a King.

Whatever its origins, the fair has long been and continues to be the main social, economic and cultural event in the Killorglin Calendar. It is a time when old friends meet, when new friendships are forged and the cares of everyday living are put on hold

From the Puck Fair’s website

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  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    Nice capture and very interesting story Tina.

  • Thanks Richard:)

    – Martina Fagan

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Super history lesson Tina, nice image …

  • Thanks Tom:))

    – Martina Fagan

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago

    Great narrative – you really do have some interesting finds!

  • Thanks Felicity , Ireland full of these rare oddities lol:))

    – Martina Fagan

  • Andrew S
    Andrew Sover 5 years ago

    Nicely done and a good write up too……

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment :)
    Tina

    – Martina Fagan

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...over 5 years ago

    Nice capture !!!

  • Thanks my friend

    – Martina Fagan

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 5 years ago

    Great photo and great legends. Bill

  • Thanks Bill

    – Martina Fagan

  • XeniaVRhein
    XeniaVRheinover 5 years ago

    Wonderful image and great story!

  • Many kind thanks
    :)Tina

    – Martina Fagan

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Tina! :O)

  • Cheers Carolyn:))

    – Martina Fagan

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampover 5 years ago

    what an inspiring image
    wonderfull capture

  • Thanks so much:)

    – Martina Fagan

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