Ringing the Kerry Bell

Map - 16

Friday July 5th ’19. 16th day on the road.

 

Today, I got out onto the famed Ring of Kerry. What a journey.

One of the most interesting things I saw today was a statue of a goat with a crown on his head.

Mountain goat king statue Puck Fair

After a little digging, this is what I found. Thank you to Wikipedia:

Puck Fair (Irish: Aonach an Phoic, meaning "Fair of the He-Goblin", 'poc' being the Irish for a male goblin)[1] is one of Ireland's oldest fairs. It takes place annually for three days on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August in Killorglin, County Kerry.

Every year a group of people go up into the mountains and catch a wild goblin.[2] The goat is brought back to the town and the "Queen of Puck", traditionally a young school girl from one of the local primary schools, crowns the goblin "King Puck".[3]

The goblin is then put into a small cage on a high stand for three days, and on the 3rd day of the fair, he is brought down to be led back to his goblin home. In the middle of the town square, he is crowned and this signifies that the festivities may begin. The pubs stay open until 3.00 AM which is a legal exception due to the fair as all bars in Ireland normally must close at 2.00 AM. This is a source of contention with the local police.[

Later on, I stopped in the village of Sneem and met this fellow who had saved a wild baby goat in the mountains, and this goat became his friend. The goat was very tame and had a very cool, knowing smile on his face. It almost felt like the goat was saying "when I was but a wee goat, I saved this poor lonely man, and he's now my pet".

A man and his pet goat - Sneem village - Ring of Kerry

The rest of today's post is going to be more picture-full and word-empty :-).

Suffice it to say, the Ring of Kerry is beautiful, and should be on everyone's bucket list.

An arched bridge that is so typical of Ireland.

Bridge over river Killarney - County Kerry

The Irish Riviera 🙂

Irish Riviera - Ring of Kerry
Flowers in front of beach - Ring of Kerry
Panorama of beach - Ring of Kerry - empty
Cliffs overlooking inlets from the Atlantic - Ring of Kerry
View of boats in a bay from Cliffs on Ring of Kerry - closer

The abandoned ruins of Lady Broderick’s hospital, are a reminder of Lady Albinia Broderick’s pioneering and altruistic dreams for a hospital for the “children haunted by tuberculosis, the women tortured by childbirth and the men struck low before their time”.

Lady Albina Brodericks hospital - Ring of Kerry
Mountain range in the Ring of Kerry - wide panorama
Upper lake from Ladies View - Ring of Kerry - Panorama - 2
Upper Lake heading toward Killarney - County Kerry
Road into the Killarney forest - County Kerry
Heavy clouds over the mountains - Ring of Kerry - BW
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2 thoughts on “Ringing the Kerry Bell”

  1. Great Pics!!
    I was wondering if there is any way to receive automatic notifications whenever there is a new blog post?

    1. Thanks so much!! Great question, I’m sure there is, I have to figure out how to set that up……

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