The statue of King Puck in Killorglin was erected to mark one of the most important annual festivals held in County Kerry each August. The statue, designed by artist Alan Ryan Hall, depicts a male goat, also known as a puck goat and is at the bridge over the River Laune on the approach into the town.
The statue pays homage to the Puck Goat, around which a major festival takes place each year. The goat is taken off the mountains, brought to the town where he is crowned by a young local girl, the Queen of Puck. The goat is then placed on a high platform where he overlooks the town for 3 days, as King of Puck. For the duration of his reign, various family fun activities and musical events take place, as well as the traditional fair days long associated with the festival. The opening day of the fair is traditionally known locally as Gathering Day and the last day of the festival is known as Scattering Day.
It is said that the festival has in roots as far back as 1613 when King James I granted permission for a fair to be held in Killorglin. Some locals believe that the fair goes back even further to Pagan times where it marked the beginning of the harvest season.
Whichever story you believe Puck Fair is still hugely popular and has celebrated over 400 years of existence. This is where horses and ponies are bought and sold, old stories retold and the weather, politics and football are discussed all day long, and not forgetting the odd romance or two as well.
For art lovers, visit the Seven Ages Art Exhibition which showcases the works from the life of renowned artist, Pauline Bewick. The collection is displayed over three floors at the Kerry County Council Building at Library Place in the town centre, with free admission.