Members of the Puck Fair Organising Committee have removed King Puck from his stand due to soaring temperatures.
Organisers made the move earlier today (Thursday, August 11th, 2022) following veterinary advice.
In a statement, a spokesperson said:
“Under the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, Puck Fair continues to ensure that the welfare of King Puck is their highest priority.”
“Due to unprecedented spells of hot, sunny weather, King Puck was removed from the top of his stand this morning.”
“He was placed in the shade with a constant supply of cold water and food.”
“He is receiving hourly vet check-ups that continue to show that the goat has a good bill of health,” the spokesperson concluded.
Every year, an organiser explained, a goat catcher goes up into the mountains to catch a wild goat.
They bring the goat back to the town, and the Queen of Puck, traditionally a young schoolgirl from one of the local primary schools, crowns him King Puck.
This signifies that the festivities may begin. On the third day, he returns to his home in the mountains.
The festival – which claims to be the country’s oldest – takes place in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, on August 10th, 11th and 12th.
Tipp Truck Show
Tipperary Truck Show, featuring a host of vintage, custom and working vehicles, will return to Dualla Show at the end of this month following a Covid-19-pandemic-induced absence.
The event – sponsored by Paddy Graham Truck & Trailer Servicing and MDS Truck Wash Naas – will take place on Sunday, 28th, 2022.
According to organisers of “the trucking event of the year”, the last show saw a record 700 trucks drive through the gates from all over Ireland and the UK.
They say the event, now in its seventh year, has become “one of the highlights of the trucker annual calendar”.