Ireland:Killorglin Puck Fair & Kerry Bog Village

After a fine full Irish breakfast which I had every single day with coffee served with fat chunks of Demerara sugar chunks and cream…which I’ve developed an affinity for, we set off for our next adventure.

Arriving at our destination, we departed our coach at the beautiful arched stone bridge.  I loved how you could walk along the river there or sit by the river on the benches alongside it, viewing the bridge and the brightly colored buildings of the village beyond.

Killorglin’s County Bridge  was built in 1885. It replaced an older wooden bridge that  was covered during high Spring tides. The current bridge is built from local limestone, moved by horse and cart from Steelroe Quarries. Stonecutters shaped each stone by hand to make up the piers, the eight stone arches and the side walls of the bridge.

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From here, we simply walked through the village taking in the sites and novel histories.  Seeing the statue below certainly piqued my curiosity which demands to be satisfied!

Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs. It takes place annually for three days on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August in Killorglin, County Kerry. 

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Every year a group of people go up into the mountains and catch a wild goat.  The goat is brought back to the town and the “Queen of Puck”, traditionally a young school girl from one of the local primary schools, crowns the goat “King Puck”.

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The “King” is then put into a small cage on a high stand for three days, and on the 3rd day of the fair, he is brought down to be led back to his mountain home. In the middle of the town square, he is crowned and this signifies that the festivities may begin.  Tradition dictates that a horse fair takes place on the first day and on the second day there is a cattle fair.

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The fair itself is purported to be ancient but can only officially be traced back as far as 1613 when King James I issued a charter granting legal status to the existing fair in Killorglin. Despite this fact, its roots are still unknown, although there are several legends of its origins.

Traveling onward to Kerry Bog Villiage.

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We strolled down the way and stopped at The Red Fox Inn for a bit of refreshment.  The Red Fox is an old tradition Irish pub that happens to serve the perfected Irish coffee!

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The well preserved Kerry Bog Village explores Ireland’s rural history, heritage and lifestyle. Here you will experience the culture, customs and living conditions throughout the famine years, and late 19th century.  The village has period thatched cottages, fully furnished with authentic antiques.  It’s very much like stepping back in time.  Outdoors, theres displayed an array of rural farm equipment, used by turf cutters and farmers of the time period.

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Irish Philosophy

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I think it’s worth adopting, don’t you?      Always with Love – Laura

 

 

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