Puck Fair ‘to go for another 400 years’

ONE of Ireland’s oldest fairs has been held for at least 400 years and looks like continuing for another 400.

Three-day Puck Fair will again be staged in Killorglin, Co Kerry, on August 10-12, and plans are already being made to celebrate a landmark event three years from now.

In 2013, Killorglin will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the granting of a fair charter to local landlord Jenkins Conway by King James 1, in 1613.

“This is the first written mention of a fair in Killorglin,” said fair committee chairman Declan Mangan.

“We are privileged to be in a position to help maintain this unique tradition and to pass it on to future generations who, hopefully, will enjoy Puck Fair for another 400 years.”

The programme for the 2010 fair was launched by All-Ireland winning Kerry football captain Darran O’Sullivan.

This year’s Queen of Puck is local school girl Kathlynn Coffey, 12, who attended with her family. The new Puck Fair mascot also made an appearance dressed in his King Puck costume.

There will be 12 hours of free family entertainment each day. Acts confirmed for the outdoor concerts include De Dannan, The Las Vegas Showband and The Walls.

There will also be street entertainment featuring Scooby-Circus, from Australia, and John Paul and Visa, the puppet jester,

There will also be free daytime music on the streets. The variety ranges from The Cross River Band to American folk and country.

New this year will be free workshops on Irish dance, piping and drumming along with storytelling.

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