Sunday, August 13, 2006


Goat crowned King of Ireland at ancient fair

`A goat named Louis was crowned King of Ireland yesterday in one of the country’s oldest festivals.

Each year a wild male mountain goat is caught in the foothills of Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest mountain, and paraded through the country town of Killorglin as part of the Puck Fair – an annual festival of music, drinking and dancing.

The goat then reigns for three days from a platform 15 metres above the town’s streets.

No one knows for sure the origins of the fair, which is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors this year, and has long been held on August 10-12.’

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