Killorglin : The Ring of Kerry Secrets

Killorglin (Cill Orglan)

We can reveal the seven secrets of this beautiful coastal drive forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We will be sharing these secrets over several blog posts.

Having departed Killarney we firstly visit the town of Killorglin, located on the banks of the river Laune. The Laune is well known for salmon and trout fishing, with a Salmon smoke house located on the banks before the bridge.

Puck Fair

Every year in August, Killorglin hold the famous three day Puck Fair, the oldest traditional fair in Ireland.

Killorglin puck fair

The most widely mentioned story relating to the origin of King Puck, associates him with the English Leader Oliver Cromwell.  It is related that while the “Roundheads” were pillaging the countryside Kilgobnet, at the foot of the McGillycuddy Reeks, they routed a herd of goats grazing on the upland.  The animals took flight before the raiders, and the he-goat or “Puck” broke away on his own and lost contact with the herd.  While others headed for the mountains he went towards Killorglin on the banks of the Laune.  His arrival there alerted the inhabitants of the approaching danger and they immediately set about protecting themselves and their stock.

It is said that in recognition of the service rendered by the goat, the people decided to institute a special festival in his honour and this festival has been held ever since.

Killorglin is known for the large bronze King Puck statue on the edge of town as you cross the town bridge to enter Killorglin. The striking statue was commissioned by the Killorglin Millennium Committee and designed by Valentia Island Sculptor Alan Ryan Hall.

King Puck Laune bridge Killorglin

K Fest

K-Fest Music & The Arts presents emerging and ground-breaking artists in a unique settinggalleries, live music, film, spoken word, children’s workshops. As well as K-Fest, Killorglin is home to the well respected national Arts Prize The Screaming Pope Prize.

More about K Fest www.kfest.ie

The Flavour of Killorglin (FOK)

Established in 2012. The Flavour of Killorglin celebrates the culinary delights of the town and the surrounding area, combining great food with events and entertainment for food lovers, the local community and all the visitors – big and small. It runs the middle of September each year. Local restaurants and food merchants display their produce in outdoor street stalls and a food trail is followed allowing the public to sample all the delicious local produce including fresh fish and shellfish, sausages, puddings, vegetables, honey, desserts and craft beers.

Find out more about FOK www.flavourofkillorglin.com


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