Goat catcher returns to Ballycastle!

ONE of the most recognisable figures at the famous Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, has made the long journey to Ballycastle to visit his long-standing friend Councillor Seamus Blaney.

Frank Joy, popularly known as the Goat Catcher and Councillor Blaney both have a passionate interest in the event and in particular maintaining the tradition of ensuring that the goat in whose honour the fair was started takes pride of place.

This year the Puck Fair celebrates its 400th anniversary and as a result, an extra day has been added starting on August 9 and running until the 11th.

For the past 30 years, Cllr. Blaney has consistently maintained the tradition of travelling the 350-mile to the Fair to keep the link between Killorglin and Ballycastle alive.

Several years ago he even brought down a goat for the Fair and plans to renew his association this year – perhaps as a delegate of Moyle Council.

Cllr. Blaney who is also President of Moyle Twinning which is twinned with Ballinasloe says the Puck Fair is one of the best street fairs in Ireland and he was delighted to see Frank and his wife, Maura, again.

“I always enjoy seeing Frank and his family and look forward to seeing them again in Killorglin in August,” Cllr. Blaney told the Times.

As well as the traditional three days of Puck (10th the Gathering Day, 11th Fair Day, 12th Scattering Day) the extra day has been added one day for each century of this ancient festival.