Joe was the King of Puck for over four decades

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

MANY will feel a piece of Puck Fair tra­di­tion has been lost for­ever fol­low­ing the sad news of Joseph King’s pass­ing in Dublin last month. Joe was a mem­ber of the fa­mous ‘Pucka­roos’ band who en­ter­tained thou­sands of peo­ple in his 41 years com­ing to Puck.

Joe’s mem­ory is to be cel­e­brated in his adop­tive town at St. James’ Church on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 26 at 6.30pm when his month’s mind mass is sure to evoke mem­o­ries of a man who loved Kil­lor­glin.

Joe was a keen busker and won sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions with his band in 1987 and 1989. As re­cent as 2013 the Puck Fair Com­mit­tee recog­nised Joe’s sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion over the years by invit­ing him to the Puck Fair 400 launch in Dublin.

Joe loved life by the Laune and spent as much time there as he could with his part­ner, Maureen. Most of all, Joe is de­scribed as some­one who loved ‘ the craic’ and was al­ways full of love, life and laugh­ter. Joe’s brother Des equally loved Puck Fair and to­gether they formed a mu­si­cal love af­fair with a fes­ti­val they took to their hearts - two peo­ple whose loy­alty was di­vided be­tween Dublin and Kerry.

Iron­i­cally, the brothers only heard about the fair by chance in 1977 while hitch hik­ing around Ire­land and it was dur­ing a sing-song on Cape Clear Is­land in Cork one evening that they de­clared their next des­ti­na­tion would be Kil­lor­glin and Puck Fair. And the rest as they say is his­tory. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Joe King of The Pucka­roos who died re­cently.

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