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Monday, August 14, 2017

Folly's St. James Gate pub honors pro-goat Irish tradition with Pup Fair

Puck, yeah!

Posted by Kristen Kornbluth on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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Ya gotta love Ireland and its weird celebrations. Case in point: the Puck Fair.

Legend has it that this wackadoo festival is a celebration of a goat that may or may not have warned the people of Killorglin of the arrival of Oliver Cromwell in the 1600s during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.

According to theringofkerry.com, when Crommy and his cronies were attacking the countryside "they routed a herd of goats grazing on the uplands. The animals took flight before the raiders, and the he-goat or 'Puck' broke away on his own and lost contact with the herd. The goat eventually arrived in Cill Orglain (Killorglin) on the banks of the Laune. His arrival there in a state of semi exhaustion alerted the inhabitants of the approaching danger and they immediately set about protecting themselves and their stock." Townsfolk have recognized the goat's heroism ever since with an annual party and this year Folly's St. James Gate is celebrating as well.

On Sat. Aug. 26 the island Irish pub will host its own fair but instead of a goat reigning supreme, a dog will be king. All dogs can compete in the Pup Fair, and the owner of the winning dog gets a $100 gift card to the pub. Drink specials, like the Wolf Hound Punch, will be available, along with a special hot dog menu and live music by Josh Taylor.

The event begins at 1 p.m. and all proceeds will be donated to Pet Helpers.

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