Puck Fair goat taken down for second time as temperatures soar 

Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae, who was in Killorglin last night, had welcomed the decision by the committee to re-erect the goat last night
Puck Fair goat taken down for second time as temperatures soar 

10-8-2022: A wild mountain goat is crowned 'King Puck' by Alesha Williams, Queen of Puck Fair looks out over the crowd in the square following his coronation at the annual crowning ceremony in the town square, Killorglin on Wednesday evening.

The Puck Fair goat has once again been taken down from the stand in Kilorglin, with temperatures set to soar again on Friday. 

For the first time in living memory, the goat was taken down on Thursday amid concern for his welfare in the heat.

A statement from the committee confirmed he was re-erected last night, when temperatures receded.

However, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks wild goat — who is used to heights but not such high temperatures — is once more in the shade, down for the day.

The decision is in advance of his “formal dethronement”.

"Following hourly veterinary checks and a clean bill of health, King Puck was reinstated on the stand last night once temperatures dropped.

"Today he is back in the shade with plenty of cold water and food while his hourly veterinary checks continue,” the committee has said.

The goat originally came down following outcry over erecting the wild mountain goat on a high metal stand — circa 50ft — in a heatwave. A status yellow high-temperature warning is currently in place for the entire country.

Friday, known as Scattering Day at Puck Fair, will see the close of the three-day festival and the formal dethronement of King Puck, organisers said.

It is not clear if the goat will go up again for the official ceremony which closes with a huge fireworks display along the Laune.

The festival, with traditional horse and cattle fairs and hundreds of stalls selling wares, has drawn record crowds.

However, it has come under sustained attack by animal rights campaigners and others for putting up the goat in a metal cage in such heat.

Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae this morning led an attack on local radio on the fair’s critics.

The goat has always been looked after well, and the people ringing national radio were “against everything”, and had nothing better to do, he told Radio Kerry.

Mr Healy-Rae said it was "sad to see" people "interfere and interrupt this great event. They never seem to be for anything, only against everything".

The goat would be released back into the wild “in better shape” than he was brought down, Mr Healy-Rae added.

Farmers knew instinctively how to look after animals and often did so to the clear neglect of themselves, he said.

He has urged people to attend Puck tonight to enjoy themselves.

Mr Healy-Rae is the first Kerry TD to come out and speak publicly on the matter.

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