Puck Fair: A History

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The history of Ireland's oldest fair, which celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2013

Puck Fair, Ireland's oldest festival, was established by a royal patent in October 1613, granted to the Welsh planter, Jenkyn Conway, of Killorglin. It first became famous, however, as a result of the parading and display of a male goat, which is awarded a crown and named as the King of the Town. 2013 will see the celebration of Puck Fair’s 400 year anniversary, which will be promoted and celebrated as part of The Gathering.


Seán Moraghan edited and annotated Charles Smith's The Ancient and Present State of the County of Kerry: A New Reader’s Edition, originally published in 1756. He has worked as a librarian, bookseller, book indexer, tour guide, and folklore researcher and has published a number of articles about Kerry local history.