Puck Fair and Kenmare Fair Day 2021 Cancelled – Garda Statement

Michael O’Brien, Castleisland (left) and Patrick McCarthy, Listowel taking a break from the festivities at Puck Fair – one of Ireland’s oldest fairs which has been cancelled again this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. ©Photograph: John Reidy 11-8-1990

Once upon a time the late Steve ‘Steveen’ Corkery pinned a notice to his bicycle repair shop at the Back-of-the-Forge. It simply read: Gone to Puck.

‘Friends’ of his added ‘Rutting’ and the story lived on close enough to this day.

Steve was one of the many from these parts to make the annual pilgrimage to the town on the Laune for the few days and spend as many recovering physical and financial balances afterwards.

Alas! the annual Puck Fair 10th to 12th August 2021 and Kenmare Fair Day 15th August 2021 are cancelled due to Covid 19 public health advice.

Puck Fair draws a huge following from this side of the county down through the years and now, for the second year running the town of Killorglin is being denied its traditional fair – which would have got under way today.

“We are encouraging all traders and visitors to take notice that unfortunately there will be no events taking place during these annual fair.

There will be no casual trading, no horse fair, no livestock trading and no public entertainment during these dates,” that’s according to a statement from An Gárda Síochána – Cork, Kerry and Limerick – Southern Region.

Support Local Business

“We encourage locals to support the businesses of Killorglin and Kenmare as best they can but we stress that these dates should be treated like any ordinary business days in both towns.

“We cannot afford to have large numbers of people turn up as this would cause significant concern amongst the public.

“The health, well being and safety of visitors, volunteers and residents is paramount and in order to comply with Government legislation and Public Health guidelines the difficult decision to cancel these events has been taken.

Looking Forward to 2022

“We would like to thank members of the public, all our trading partners, sponsors and all the various stakeholders who give such great support to these two historic events.

“We would ask for your on-going support and co-operation in complying with Government legislation and the Public Health Advice on social distancing.

“We look forward to bringing you back to Killorglin and Kenmare in 2022.

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