Scarcely a month goes by without a festival in Kerry…
Puck Fair, Killorglin
The Puck Fair is reputed to be one of Ireland’s oldest festivals which takes place annually for three days beginning on the 10th of August. The festival itself takes place in Killorglin which is only a 10 minute drive from Carrig Country House.
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 the local primary schools who crowns the goat “King Puck”.
The “King” is then put into a small cage on a high stand in the middle of the town square which signifies that the festivities may begin. The pubs stay open until 3am.
Tradition dictates that a horse fair takes place on the first day and on the second day there is a cattle fair. There is usually a large amount street vendors during the festival who advertise their wares to the tourists who come to Killorglin in large volumes for the fair.
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Glenbeigh Festival and Racing really makes the village come to life. During the festival, which is held every year in August, horse and pony races are held along the beach. This is a big tourist attraction and the festival activities also include a donkey derby, dog show, live entertainment and music, as well as the crowning of the Festival Queen.
See more at www.glenbeighfestival.com
Flavour of Killorglin
Killorglin held it’s very first food fair event “Flavour of Killorglin”. Following it’s fantastic success it will now be an annual event that takes place in the month of July.
The Flavour event celebrated the culinary and cultural delights of Killorglin and its surrounding area, combining great food with events and entertainment for the local community and visitors alike. Local artisans and restaurateurs participating in the local event show case their wonderful food, produce and cuisine for which the small town is renowned, from crusty baked bread, to locally sourced salmon ad moutwatering Kerry lamb.
See more at www.flavourofkillorglin.com
The Rose of Tralee
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 50 years in 2009. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture.
The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and the internationally renowned Rose Parade. This year’s festival will run from the 14th to 20th August.
See more at www.roseoftralee.ie
Ireland’s National Events Centre
For year round entertainment, Killarney’s INEC is without equal. As the largest indoor entertainment venue outside of Dublin, the INEC since first opening its doors in 2000 has hosted a selection of the world’s most popular artists including Dara Ó Briain, Meatloaf, Westlife, Jedward, David Gray, Morrissey, Snow Patrol ,The Script, and Imelda May to mention but a few.
For more information on upcoming shows and events visit www.inec.ie