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Long live the goat king

A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin, Ireland. Billed as one of Ireland's oldest festivals, the Puck Fair sees locals in the town of Killorglin pluck a wild mountain goat from its habitat and crown him 'King Puck' for the duration of the event. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin, Ireland. Billed as one of Ireland's oldest festivals, the Puck Fair sees locals in the town of Killorglin pluck a...more

A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin, Ireland. Billed as one of Ireland's oldest festivals, the Puck Fair sees locals in the town of Killorglin pluck a wild mountain goat from its habitat and crown him 'King Puck' for the duration of the event. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Puck Queen Caitlin Horgan, 12, accompanies the wild goat that was caught for Puck Fair to be crowned King Puck for three days, in Killorglin. The origins of the event are unclear, though there are many local theories from a harvest festival to tales of a lone goat fleeing Oliver Cromwell's troops into the village. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Puck Queen Caitlin Horgan, 12, accompanies the wild goat that was caught for Puck Fair to be crowned King Puck for three days, in Killorglin. The origins of the event are unclear, though there are many local theories from a harvest festival to tales...more

Puck Queen Caitlin Horgan, 12, accompanies the wild goat that was caught for Puck Fair to be crowned King Puck for three days, in Killorglin. The origins of the event are unclear, though there are many local theories from a harvest festival to tales of a lone goat fleeing Oliver Cromwell's troops into the village. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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The wild goat that was caught from a mountain in Kerry for Puck Fair is paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. Organizers say historical references to the festival date back to the early 17th century. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The wild goat that was caught from a mountain in Kerry for Puck Fair is paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. Organizers say historical references to the festival date back to the early 17th century....more

The wild goat that was caught from a mountain in Kerry for Puck Fair is paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. Organizers say historical references to the festival date back to the early 17th century. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Spectators attend the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Spectators attend the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Spectators attend the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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People crowd into a window to see a wild goat paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

People crowd into a window to see a wild goat paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

People crowd into a window to see a wild goat paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Lady in Waiting to the Queen Puck Caoilinn Foley, 13, participates in accompanying the goat during a parade on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Lady in Waiting to the Queen Puck Caoilinn Foley, 13, participates in accompanying the goat during a parade on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin....more

Lady in Waiting to the Queen Puck Caoilinn Foley, 13, participates in accompanying the goat during a parade on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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The newly crowned King Puck goat is hoisted to the top of a platform above the town where it will be held for the duration of Puck Fair which is three days in Killorglin. Organizers say King Puck is to be treated royally during his brief reign with a diet of ash tree branches, water and cabbage to sustain him until he returns to his mountain home following his dethronement ceremony. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The newly crowned King Puck goat is hoisted to the top of a platform above the town where it will be held for the duration of Puck Fair which is three days in Killorglin. Organizers say King Puck is to be treated royally during his brief reign with a...more

The newly crowned King Puck goat is hoisted to the top of a platform above the town where it will be held for the duration of Puck Fair which is three days in Killorglin. Organizers say King Puck is to be treated royally during his brief reign with a diet of ash tree branches, water and cabbage to sustain him until he returns to his mountain home following his dethronement ceremony. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Cousins Jim Flanagan and Kit Flanagan enjoy watching Puck Fair in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Cousins Jim Flanagan and Kit Flanagan enjoy watching Puck Fair in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Cousins Jim Flanagan and Kit Flanagan enjoy watching Puck Fair in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Puck Queen Caitlin Horgan, 12, poses with the newly crowned King Puck goat which will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Puck Queen Caitlin Horgan, 12, poses with the newly crowned King Puck goat which will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Puck Queen Caitlin Horgan, 12, poses with the newly crowned King Puck goat which will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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The newly crowned King Puck goat is hoisted to the top of a platform above the town where it will be held for the duration of Puck Fair which is three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The newly crowned King Puck goat is hoisted to the top of a platform above the town where it will be held for the duration of Puck Fair which is three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The newly crowned King Puck goat is hoisted to the top of a platform above the town where it will be held for the duration of Puck Fair which is three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A crown is affixed to a wild goat as it is crowned King Puck and will be held on a platform above the town for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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People line the streets in front of a statue of King Puck see a wild goat paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

People line the streets in front of a statue of King Puck see a wild goat paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

People line the streets in front of a statue of King Puck see a wild goat paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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The wild goat that was caught from a mountain in Kerry for Puck Fair is paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The wild goat that was caught from a mountain in Kerry for Puck Fair is paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The wild goat that was caught from a mountain in Kerry for Puck Fair is paraded through the town before being crowned King Puck for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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The O'Sullivan family wait by their van on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The O'Sullivan family wait by their van on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The O'Sullivan family wait by their van on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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A card game is played in a field on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A card game is played in a field on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A card game is played in a field on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Men chat on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Men chat on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Men chat on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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A woman waits on a street with her newly purchased pony on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A woman waits on a street with her newly purchased pony on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A woman waits on a street with her newly purchased pony on the first day of Puck Fair which begins with a horse market and the crowning of a goat as King for three days in Killorglin. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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