Horsing around at Puck for Gathering Day success

KING Puck will be crowned amid much fanfare this Saturday night but the fun and games and the wheeling and dealing has been in full swing since early this morning.

Cllr Donal Grady, Killarney, (left) striking a deal with Jim Long from Ballyneety, Limerick at the horse fair

From the palpable excitement at the horse fair earlier today – at which business was brisk – to the thousands of people that will brave the elements to witness tonight’s coronation parade and ceremony, excitement is at fever pitch in the town by the Laune.

The first day of Puck Fair 2019 was particularly notable given the recent battles faced by the committee which encountered uncertainty over the future of the festival due to soaring insurance costs.

With mounting bills and significant financial strain on the cards, the committee launched a GoFundMe campaign in July, appealing to the generosity of the general public to help them

continue one of Ireland’s longest-standing traditions. The people came forward in their droves and dug deep with the €10,000 target all but met within a matter of weeks.

The campaign will run until the end of August, with committee members hopeful that those attending this year’s festival will be encouraged to donate further after experiencing the fun of the fair first-hand.

Pictures: Don MacMonagle. Click on individual images for details

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