Puck Fair launches GoFundMe to cover rising insurance and running costs

The committee behind Puck Fair has set up a fundraising appeal to cover increasing insurance prices and overall running costs of the three-day festival.

Puck Fair launches GoFundMe to cover rising insurance and running costs

The committee behind Puck Fair has set up a fundraising appeal to cover increasing insurance prices and overall running costs of the three-day festival.

The Puck Fair voluntary committee are appealing to the public and festival-goers to donate to aid the continuation of Ireland's oldest festival in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

The GoFundMe campaign officially kicked off at Saturday’s launch event, with organisers hopeful that funds raised over the coming month will cover this year’s mounting expenses.

"It got to a point this year where we had to reevaluate our plan of action in terms of funding such a large-scale event with a very modest budget,” said Declan Falvey, Chairman of the Puck Fair committee.

"We pride ourselves on providing the public with an event that is free of charge; free entry, free entertainment – you name it. But with running costs rising across the board, we had to come up with a plan B.

"When the idea of a GoFundMe campaign was suggested it seemed like a no brainer. Puck is an event that is 100 percent for the people, so we’re giving those that enjoy it most the opportunity to invest in its legacy.

If everyone who has enjoyed the festival over the years gave just a few euros towards keeping this cherished tradition going, you can be sure Puck Fair’s story will continue for years to come.

The committee hopes to raise €10,000 in the next four weeks. It is the first time since its inception organisers have reached out to the public for financial help.

The three-day festival includes food stalls, street markets and live music throughout the town – as well as the coronation of a goat as king of the village, becoming 'King Puck' on August 10.

Puck Fair takes place from August 10 to 12 in Killorglin.

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