The perfect base for touring the Ring of Kerry, the town of Killorglin is framed by a charming stone bridge across the River Laune, guarded by the statue of a goat called King Puck. The river makes Killorglin a key attraction for anglers, rowers, and kayakers, but King Puck brings even bigger crowds to Killorglin.
Puck Fair, considered the oldest street festival in Ireland, is celebrated each year on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of August. It dates back some four centuries, with legend claiming that it was inspired by a stampede of wild goats that warned Killorglin residents of the approach of Cromwell's army. In honour of the goats’ good deed, a wild goat is captured, crowned, and kept in comfort on a platform in the town square for the three days of the festival. Killorglin natives from all over the world return for the festival, which coincides with a series of horse and livestock fairs. Music, fireworks, and street entertainment help to create a festive atmosphere.
Even if you don’t make it to Puck, you can still enjoy this welcoming town, with its salmon-rich river and exceptionally good restaurants.