Origin of Puck Fair Killorglin
Origins The most widely mentioned story relating to the origin of Killorglin Puck Fair, associates him with the English Leader Oliver Cromwell. It is said that while the “Roundheads” were pillaging the countryside around Shanara and Kilgobnet at the foot of the McGillycuddy Reeks(Irelands tallest Mountain), they came accross a herd of goats grazing on the upland. The animals took flight before the raiders, and the Puck 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 aka host town) 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. Heritage is Great.
It is said that in recognition of the service rendered by the goat, the people decided to have a special festival in his honour and this festival has been held ever since. It is Puck Fair help in Killorglin town on Aug 10th 11th 12th.
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(Puck Fair), and levy his tolls as usual. Thus the fair was promptly advertised as taking place on August 10th, 1808, 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 Puck.