Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - LONELY PLANET’S IRELAND -

Kil­lor­glin (Cill Or­glan) is a quiet enough town, but that all changes in mid-Au­gust, when the town erupts in cel­e­bra­tion for Puck Fair, Ire­land’s best-known ex­tant pa­gan fes­ti­val.

First recorded in 1603, with hazy ori­gins, this lively fes­ti­val is based around the cus­tom of in­stalling a billy goat (a poc, or puck), the sym­bol of moun­tain­ous Kerry, on a pedestal in the town, its horns fes­tooned with rib­bons.

Other en­ter­tain­ment ranges from a horse fair and bonny baby com­pe­ti­tion to street the­atre, con­certs and fire­works; the pubs stay open un­til 3am. This is an edited ex­tract from

(1st Edi­tion) by Fionn Daven­port, et al. Lonely Planet 2013. Avail­able in stores now, RRP: $36.99.

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